While the Queensland Reds kept their hopes of retaining their Super Rugby title alive with a 19-13 win over the Highlanders on the weekend, it was their striking jerseys which really caught the eye in a game that was primarily a dour affair.
The jerseys, designed by renowned artist Stephen Hogarth, were part of Queensland Rugby’s inaugural Indigenous Round, seen as an opportunity for the Reds to recognise Australia’s indigenous culture.
The aboriginal print design emblazoned across the front symbolises a strong, cohesive Indigenous community that values its youth and their future by developing strong leaders ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.
Individually signed by each player, the jerseys were immediately placed online for auction to raise funds for the Queensland Reds Indigenous Program, with Will Genia and Quaid Cooper’s shirts receiving the most attention from bidders.
Friday night’s occasion was also marked by a number of musical and dance performances on the Suncorp Stadium pitch prior to kickoff, in a game which the Reds had to win to keep their playoff aspirations on track.