Momentum has continued to build for the Kangaroos to reintroduce an Indigenous war dance ahead of Test matches, with Greg Inglis saying it would be one of his proudest legacies in rugby league should it happen before his retirement.
Inglis has been at the centre of the war dance while playing for the Indigenous All Stars team, proudly standing tall amid teammates as they issue a tribal challenge to their opposition.
While certain sections of the AFL felt threatened by Adam Goodes pretending to throw a spear, rugby league fans have embraced the notion of the war dance, while a growing number of players are pushing for the Kangaroos to adopt it ahead of internationals.
Dean Widders, who manages Indigenous welfare for the NRL, raised the topic again with Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith earlier in the year and has the unqualified support of some of the biggest faces in the game, including Inglis and Johnathan Thurston.
Smith said he remained open to any discussion and knew what a landmark move it would be. If adopted, the Kangaroos would be the only current national side to have such a tradition.
A Stradbroke Island dance was performed by the Kangaroos whenever they played overseas from 1908 before being abandoned in 1973.
"It's a great thing. I've been opposite the haka many times. It's a way of celebrating their heritage and their traditions. It's great. I know there's a little bit of talk about trying to reintroduce something to the Kangaroos program as well," Smith said.
"I'm one member of the team. I'm the captain but I'm a team member but I don't make the decisions. I'd be more than happy to have a discussion with all the other members and the coaching staff as well.
"Dean Widders brought it up with me earlier in the year in Melbourne. It's something that happened a long time ago but has been lost to the team. It's certainly something we can talk about."
The Indigenous players seem to have settled on the dance, which was pieced together in previous All Stars camps with the input of players and staff. Presumably, it would be this model adopted by the Kangaroos should the idea bear fruit.
Inglis said he was driven to see the war dance become part of the culture of the Kangaroos, which regularly features a large number of Indigenous players at any given time.
"Like Smithy said, that's the dance we want to take further, sit around and chat about it being introduced back into the Kangaroos side," Inglis said.
"It would be very special but there are steps to be taken to get there. You have to talk to the right people and the playing group. It's taking steps and knocking walls down. I'd love to see it and would take great pride in it."