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Woden to wear Indigenous jersey ahead of NAIDOC Week

The Woden Valley Rams first grade side will be wearing a specially designed Indigenous jersey this weekend ahead of NAIDOC week. 

The jersey was designed by local artist Stanley Connors, and features the totems of each of the Rams Indigenous players in the side. 

It marks the first time the Woden side have worn an Indigenous jersey in the local competition. 

Connors, who has designed other sporting jerseys before including the Brumbies Indigenous jersey, said he spoke to the players before designing the jersey to make sure the club was well represented.

“The jersey is telling most of the players' stories on there, all the lads that are playing and involved in Rams at the moment. It has all their totems as well as some of the past Indigenous players that have played for Rams," Connors said.

"The background represents Mt Taylor around to Oakley Hill and Red Hill right around to the back of Farrer so that forms that valley, the Woden Valley.

"It's totally different when you see it in a photo but then when you see it in person it's very special and I can't wait to see the players run out in it this weekend."

Rams centre Lachlan Eveston was thrilled with how the jersey turned out and is proud to be wearing it on Saturday. 

"You’re representing the Rams who you love, as well as representing your mob, your family and community, and to be able to do that all together is something you only dream of so that’s special and a lot more to play for this weekend.”

Fellow Rams player Shaun Gordon said he can't wait to run out in the jersey on the weekend.

“It’s very, very special, especially being a proud Indigenous person. It’s special for me and also for the club, we’ll all wear it with pride."

The Rams take on the Gungahlin Bulls at Phillip Oval this Saturday 3 July, with the First Grade match kicking off at 2pm.