As a proud Indigenous man, winger Josh Addo-Carr is keen to introduce a war dance for his national side fit to rival the New Zealanders famous Haka.
Addo-Carr is one of three Indigenous players involved in the Australian squad, alongside Latrell Mitchell and Jack Wighton and is keen to bring in the War Cry used by the Indigenous All-Stars in their preseason friendly against the Maori All-Stars.
Australia are the largest island out of the pacific nations competing in this years tournament but unlike New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands there will be no pre match challenge from them.
Speaking to Channel 7, the Bulldogs winger is hopeful this can change.
“It would be really good for everyone to buy into,” He continued.
“The All Blacks do it even though they are not all Maori. Me, Latrell and Jackie would love it.
“There’s things we can do to modify it for some of the boys that don’t know how to dance, there’s a lot we can do so everyone is a part of it.”
He is also aware that not everyone in the squad has an Indigenous background but would have no issue with them partaking in the War Cry as it is a symbol of togetherness from the team.
“We’re all Australian and that’s what this is all about, togetherness,” he said.
“That’s what my culture is about, respect.
“It would be mad to have it, we could get some elders in and some professional dancers to help create something special.”
Although it is probably too late for the Kangaroos to introduce any pregame ritual in time for the opening fixture against Fiji, future tests for Australia could yet be opened with an Indigenous War Cry.