supports HTML5 videoThe boycotting players have been named locally as Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley.Manly, who currently are ninth in the NRL table are playing the Sydney Roosters, who are level on points and one place above them.

It’s one of six games remaining in the season, and the top eight teams will advance to the league playoffs, so there is a lot riding on the Sea Eagle’s performance.Hasler added: ‘Our intent was to be caring towards all diverse groups who face inclusion issues daily.‘Sadly this poor management has caused significant confusion, discomfort and pain for many people, in particular those groups whose human rights we are in fact attempting to support.‘We wish to apologise to the LGBTQ community who embrace the rainbow colours, who use these colours for pride and advocacy and human rights issues.’The one-off jersey design was made just for Thursday night’s game, and was hailed by club bosses as being the ‘first of its kind’.