22 Oct 2020
Former captain Nick Farr-Jones has advised the Wallabies not to take a knee before their Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks in Sydney.
On Wednesday, Dane Haylett-Petty said it's something the Wallabies – who will wear their new indigenous-designed jersey on 31 October – would considering doing in support of Black Lives Matter.
Speaking on Ben Fordham’s 2GB show on Thursday, Farr-Jones said it wouldn't be a good idea.
'To take the risk of basically splitting the support the Wallabies are starting to earn through their gutsy performances in Wellington and Auckland – just don’t do it guys, it’s too risky,' he said.
'You run the risk that a few [viewers] would just turn off. They don't want to see politics in national sport. That's a real risk.
'I think it could be divisive.'
The 1991 World Cup-winning Wallabies captain doesn’t believe there is a big problem in relation to the treatment of indigenous Australians.
'I don't think here in Australia that we have a major issue in relation to discrimination of coloured people.
'We went to South Africa in ’92 when it was opening up, when apartheid was just about behind it. Of course [Nelson] Mandela was elected the first black president in ’94.
"We had a minute silence for victims of township violence before we played our Test match in Cape Town but here in Australia, I think if you surveyed your listeners, I think 99% would agree that all lives matter.
'We don't have that issue. Let's not make it a political issue in a sporting event.'