Tonight, Lance “Buddy” Franklin won’t be wearing his usual number 23 when runs onto the field of the SCG.
Instead, the Sydney Swans star will wear the number 67, as one of 10 players making the change for the AFL’s annual Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round
He explained the gesture in a powerful photo on his Instagram account on Wednesday.
As Franklin notes, this year marks 50 years since the 1967 referendum in which more than 90 per cent of Australians voted ‘yes’ to count Indigenous Australians among the general population.
The anniversary adds special significance to the round which was named in honour of Aboriginal football icon Sir Doug Nicholl.