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‘What They’ve Seen Is Horrible’: James Graham’s Big Wish For Anzac Round Jerseys

Rugby league legend James Graham says he hopes the money raised from jerseys made specifically for Anzac Round goes to the survivors and families of conflict, amid concerns the annual fixture has become over-commercialised in the game.

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Graham’s comments come following a controversial week for the NRL, after the Wests Tigers were forced to re-design the club’s commemorative jersey for Anzac Round, due to the original jersey drawing criticism for using an image of American soldiers.

While discussing the matter, leading NRL commentator Dan Ginnane questioned whether the use of Anzac Round jerseys each year is a sign the game could be “over-commercialising” the occasion.

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“I do fear we are just teetering on the brink of over-commercialising Anzac Day,” Ginnane said on Triple M’s NRL Coverage.

Graham responded by saying he has no issues with the jerseys generating funds, so long as the funds go to those impacted by conflict.

“With Anzac [Round jerseys], commercialised as long as that money that is raised goes towards those people that are the survivors from the horrors of war,” Graham said.

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