Rugby players in Australia to boycott match over team decision to wear pride jerseys

Seven players in Australia's National Rugby League will boycott a match over their team’s decision to wear a gay pride jersey. The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be the first team in NRL history to wear a kit promoting LGBT inclusivity. However, several players say they weren’t consulted and have objected to wearing the kit on religious and cultural grounds. The club’s chairman, Scott Penn, says he doesn't want the players to be outcasts but that they are committed to inclusion. "We're not going to force them to play, but we're committed to the jersey and we're committed to inclusion," Scott Penn, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The players' stance has sparked backlash online, with fans being very supportive of the initiative. The jersey sold out in adult sizes in only two days.

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