Gold Coast Titans REFUSED to have pride jerseys made for the team – but for a very different reason to Manly’s seven boycotting playersGold Coast were approached to make a pride/rainbow jersey similar to Manly’s The club declined, with a number of inclusion initiatives already planned It comes as seven Manly players have boycott the jersey over religious grounds
It has been revealed the Gold Coast Titans knocked back the chance to wear a rainbow pride jersey – but not due to a religious and cultural clash like the seven players who are boycotting the strip for Manly.
Both clubs’ jerseys are made by apparel provider Dynasty Sports, and the manufacturer also approached the Titans to do a rainbow-coloured game day strip.
The club declined due to the fact they had six different jersey options already planned out well in advance for the 2022 season.
That is in stark contrast to seven Manly players – Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula, Christian Tuipulotu and Toafofoa Sipley – refusing to play in the strip for cultural and religious reasons.
Titans player Brian Kelly in the Gold Coast’s Pasifika-themed jersey during their round 14 match against the Rabbitohs
Manly players Sean Keppie (left), Kieran Foran (middle) and Reuben Garrick posing in the club’s Everyone in League rainbow jersey
This year Titans players will play in home, away, Indigenous, Pasifika, Magic Round and ANZAC jerseys.
For that reason, the club believed adding a pride/rainbow-themed jersey would take away from all the planning they’d done around inclusion.
‘As a club, we commit early to the playing jerseys we will wear across the 25-round NRL season,’ a Titans official told News Corp.
‘Inclusion is a big focus for us as a club and our programs across the community reflect this.’
Tanah Boyd (centre) in Gold Coast’s Indigenous jersey, which they wore in round 12 and 13 this season
Queensland and Broncos star Luke Capewell showed his support for the pride jersey initiative amid the polarising debate, but admitted it was a shame it has ‘taken way from Women in League round’.
‘I will get behind anything like that. I will get behind anything like that,’ Capewell told News Corp.
Dynasty Sports are also the jersey providers for Cronulla, North Queensland and Tongan rugby league, and it is understood the Titans were supportive of the pride jersey concept.
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (centre) celebrates a try with teammates in the Gold Coast’s away jersey
For now, all eyes will be on the 17 Manly players who have agreed to wear the rainbow jersey at Brookvale Oval on Thursday night for the crucial clash against the Sydney Roosters.
The seven boycotting players have been banned from attending after concerns for their safety were raised by police during a meeting with representatives from the club.
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