Kythera and Aphrodite: Greece’s symbolic jersey for the Rugby League World Cup


The Greek team’s jersey for its first-ever 2021 Rugby League World Cup match on October 17 against France in England has it all.

The jersey has been sponsored by the Chairman of the Sydney Roosters, Nick Politis, and is inspired by his Greek heritage with the name of his birthplace, the Greek island of Kythera, featuring prominently on the front.

On the back, is the name of the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. According to Hesiod, the sea of Kythera is the birthplace of Aphrodite.

In fact, the Kytherian connection and symbolism is so strong in this jersey that the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) is now holding a silent auction for your chance to get your hands on one of them.

The KAA is auctioning off eight of the jerseys in Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes via the MyMiniAuction platform.

Bidding for the jerseys will commence on Tuesday, October 11 at 9am and will close on Friday, October 14 at 6pm and can be placed via the website: A minimum bid is $200.

Greek team player, Peter Mamouzelos, models the jersey.

President of the KAA, Barbara Zantiotis, thanked the jersey donor for their generosity and encouraged everyone to place a bid.

“This jersey is unique, bearing the name of our beautiful island for the world to see. Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of history?” Barbara told The Greek Herald.

For more details, you can contact Barbara on 0412 060 657.

READ MORE: First-ever Greece squad announced for the Rugby League World Cup.

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