Wil­liams won’t stand up and he won’t back down

Rugby League Week - - News -

FOR­MER RABBITOH JOE Wil­liams cre­ated a huge stir with his ap­peal through RLW last week for In­dige­nous play­ers to go down on one knee when the na­tional an­them is played this Sun­day – now he’s go­ing a step fur­ther.

Wil­liams is trav­el­ling to the US and wants to meet San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick, who has been kneel­ing dur­ing the an­them this year.

Kaeper­nick’s stance has led to him re­ceiv­ing death threats in the US – and Wil­liams wants to shake his hand.

“He has a lot of in­tegrity to take such a strong stance over there and I hope to meet up with him when I go to Amer­ica soon,” Wil­liams says.

Wil­liams vis­its the US reg­u­larly, lec­tur­ing young peo­ple on de­pres­sion and sui­cide preven­tion.

Mean­while, all eyes will be on the play­ers when Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fair plays at ANZ Sta­dium, to see if any de­cide to take a knee as sug­gested by Wil­liams and the leg­endary Larry Corowa in last week’s ex­plo­sive RLW story ( in­set).

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