Wests Tigers fullback Daine Laurie is preparing for the most important game of his young NRL career when he represents his culture in the Indigenous Round clash against St George Illawarra.
A proud Indigenous man, Laurie is eager to perform well as Wests Tigers and the entire NRL celebrate and recognise Australia's First Peoples this week.
“This is my first Indigenous Round and I’m really excited to play in it,” Laurie said while wearing the special Wests Tigers Indigenous jersey.
“I’m very excited to run out, play as hard as I can and do my best.
“It’s going to be good playing in front of our crowd and hopefully we can put on a show.”
When he runs out onto Bankwest Stadium on Friday night, Laurie won’t just be playing for himself, his teammates and Wests Tigers Members and fans, but he’ll also be representing his family and Indigenous culture.
“I’m Aboriginal — and I’m a proud one from the Bundjalung Tribe up on the north coast,” he said.
“I’m representing my whole family and all the Elders, who have led the way to help us to where we are today.
“My mum, day and brother are going to come down — it’s going to be awesome. Everyone back at home will be watching as well on TV.”
Laurie hopes he and his teammates can produce a good performance against the Dragons — who they defeated earlier this month.
“Obviously we need to fix up our defence. We’re leaking too many points,” the fullback said.
“It’s not good enough to be averaging 28 points a game scored against us.
“We definitely need to improve on that because it’s going to come back to bite us on the butt.
“We need to communicate with each other and be willing to turn up for your mate and be willing to work hard for your teammates.”
Match: Wests Tigers v Dragons
Round 12 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney