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South Sydney NRL star Latrell Mitchell fumes over key issue with Indigenous national anthem

NRL star Latrell Mitchell has hit out at the Indigenous-themed Australian anthem that was performed ahead of Saturday night’s Wallabies match.

The Indigenous rugby league player wasn’t impressed with the version which featured lyrics from the Eora language, declaring the national anthem still had the same flawed meaning in his eyes.

“When will people understand that changing it to language doesn’t change the meaning!” he wrote on Instagram.

“Be proud but understand what you’re being proud of.

“I stand for us, our mob! Be proud of the oldest living culture.

“Always was, always will be.”

The 23-year-old has been a long-time critic of the Australian anthem and has singled out the words “young and free” as being completely flawed.

Latrell Mitchell posted these messages to Instagram. Credit: Instagram

“We aren’t young and free. We’re the longest-living culture in the world,” Mitchell previously said.

“I guess just for them words to be in that, it just contradicts the whole anthem for us singing it.”

He is one of a handful of NRL stars to refuse to sing the anthem ahead of key rugby league matches such as State of Origin and NRL All Stars.

“It doesn’t represent my people,” Mitchell told 7NEWS in 2019.

His criticism is at odds with a huge majority of Australians who considered the anthem, performed by proud Wiradjuri woman Olivia Fox, to be a huge step forward for the country.

Latrell Mitchell (left), Josh Addo-Carr and Cody Walker (right) refuse to sing the national anthem before Origin I in 2019.
Latrell Mitchell (left), Josh Addo-Carr and Cody Walker (right) refuse to sing the national anthem before Origin I in 2019. Credit: AAP

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