The Manly Sea Eagles will be the first team in the competition ever to don a kit which promotes LGBT inclusivity in the sport.

Seven players in the NRL will boycott a key match over their team’s decision to wear a Rainbow pride jersey.

Some players say they weren’t consulted and object to the move on religious and cultural grounds.

Manly Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler has apologised over the club’s handling of the inclusion of rainbow colours on the club jersey, saying it was a

“significant mistake”

Hasler told a press conference

ā€œIn this specific instance, I feel from these players. Not included in any of the discussions, and at a minimum, they should have been consulted,ā€

“The jersey intent was to support the advocacy and human rights pertaining to gender, race, culture, ability and LGBTQ movements.

“Sadly the execution of what was intended to be an extremely important … initiative was poor.”

 

Manly will still wear the pride shirt in Thursday’s game against the Roosters.

 

(Source: ABC)