The Tumut Bulls will ditch their traditional red and black colours on Saturday, with first-grade set to wear a multicultural round jersey when hosting Wagga City at Jarrah Oval.
The round nine Southern Inland Rugby Union fixture will double at multicultural round for the Bulls, with the club wearing a predominantly white jersey that includes emblems and logos from all corners of the world.
Australia, Indigenous Australians, New Zealand, Samoa, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Fiji are all represented in one way or the other on the jersey.
Bulls’ representative Brodie Palmer believes the multicultural round jersey offers a subtle nod to each corner of the world where their players have originated from.
“The Tumut Bulls pride themselves on being a family club, and that family connects to all corners of the earth and is made up of a massive variety of individuals joining together to make the Bulls who they are,” Palmer said.
“The jerseys were created to simply say that, we can’t be the Tumut Bulls without all of the cultures that play the great game of rugby union and bring us all together.”
Palmer explained the motivation behind multicultural round, with Tumut looking to recognise the many cultures that make their club so special.
“We’re hosting a multicultural round this year to celebrate all the cultures that make up the Tumut Bulls,” Palmer said.
“We recognise and continue to pay our respect to our Indigenous players and club members both current and previous, and land on which we play. But also increase our recognition of the strong Pacific Islanders cultures we have within the club, and the players from European and other backgrounds who now call Tumut home.”
Saturday will also showcase different cultures at Jarrah Oval, with an Indigenous Welcome to Country kicking off proceedings, which will be followed by the New Zealand Haka, a Fijian hymn and other cultural displays, and Palmer hopes to see members of the community down at Jarrah Oval and enjoying a unique day of rugby.
“Saturday will be a showcase of some different cultures in the club, made possible by our local community and club members,” Palmer said.
“We’d love everyone to come down and join in on the celebrations, commencing with a Welcome to Country at 12:30pm.”
Bulls captain and proud New Zealander TJ Sala was thrilled to see his club taking the time and effort to recognise the many cultures that make the Bulls who they are today, highlighting that rugby was often a way these different countries and their people were united.
“It’s great for the club to acknowledge our backgrounds, because we are so diverse,” Sala said.
“It is cool, because rugby is a big part of a majority of the cultures involved with the club, and I know from experience from playing overseas and locally, you come across many backgrounds, and it is kind of like rugby unites everyone and it is good to see the Bulls recognising that.”
For readers wanting to celebrate the Tumut Bulls multicultural round, proceedings kick off at 12.30pm at Jarrah Oval on Saturday before rugby takes centre stage, with second-grade hosting Wagga City at 1.50pm before first-grade takes the field at 3.15pm.