This week’s ‘Rugby Reloaded plus’ talks to Roy Hay about his new book ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’ which looks at the contribution of Indigenous Australians to Aussie Rules football in the nineteenth century. It’s a story of racism and resistance to racism as Aboriginal players fought their right to play football. To find about about Roy’s book, go to For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and at

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