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Roosters coach Trent Robinson advocates for NRL to have a Pride Round

An impassioned Trent Robinson says his Sydney Roosters players would have no issue wearing a pride jersey as he advocated for the introduction of a Pride Round ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Manly.

Robinson’s Roosters are the forgotten men in the opening game of round 20 at Brookvale Oval, where seven Manly players won’t play because of the rainbow stripes on their special occasion jersey.

The seven players — Jason Saab, Josh Aloiai, Tolutau Koula, Toafofoa Sipley, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster and Haumole Olakau’atu — have cited personal reasons as their cause for withdrawing from the game, which is critical for both sides’ final hopes.

Robinson spoke with gravitas on Wednesday and expressed his disbelief that sexuality was still an issue in 2022.

“I think it’s great what the owners of Manly have decided to do,” the three-time premiership-winning coach said.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s panned out this way, because everyone’s equal, no matter what.

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“And for us, in 2022, to not be inclusive and not say, ‘It’s OK to be who you are’ is unacceptable.

“[Whether to have a Pride Round] is a decision for the club and the game to make, but my personal opinion is about equality.

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