Frederick: Farr-Jones' view on taking a knee ' disappointing'

Farr-Jones: “You run the risk that a few would simply turn off. They don’t want to see politics within national sport”

Last Updated: 22/10/20 3: 13pm

England centre Jonathan Paul says he is disappointed by previous Australia captain Nick Farr-Jones’ declare that viewers might switch off the Wallabies’ Test against New Zealand in case their players take the knee.

Former Australia captain Computer chip Farr-Jones thinks the team must not take the knee ahead of the Bledisloe Glass match at home to New Zealand later this month.

Farr-Jones, who lifted the World Glass in 1991, sees the proceed as “risky” and has the potential in order to divide Wallabies fans.

Sportsmen and women across the globe are taking the knee over recent weeks to show their support for the Dark Lives Matter movement.

Australia full-back Dane Haylett-Petty offers suggested the team will talk about making the gesture too : with the match against the All Blacks on October 31 providing a possible opportunity.

Footballers have been taking the knee in front of Premier League matches this term

Footballers have been taking the leg ahead of Premier League matches this particular term

Footballers have been taking knee ahead of Premier League fits this term

But Farr-Jones told radio 2GB: “I think it could be divisive.

“I don’t think here in Australia that we get a major issue in relation to discrimination.

“We went to South Africa within ’92 when it was opening up, whenever apartheid was just about behind this – of course (Nelson) Mandela had been elected as the first black leader in ’94.

“We did have a minute’s silence to get victims of township violence prior to we played our Test within Cape Town.

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“But here in Sydney, I think if you surveyed your audience, 99 per cent would agree that lives matter. We don’t have that will issue.

“Let’s not really make it a political issue in a having event.

“You face that a few would just switch off. They don’t want to see politics in nationwide sport. That’s a real risk.

“We are one Sydney – over the decades we have appreciated the fact we have had some incredible indigenous people in our team, several amazing Polynesians.

“We have never had an issue, we all arrive under that one jersey brilliantly.

“To take the risk associated with basically splitting the support the particular Wallabies are starting to earn by means of their gutsy performances in Wellington and Auckland – just shouldn’t do it guys, it’s too dangerous. ”