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Nicho Hynes opens up on his Aboriginal heritage and what NRL Indigenous Round means to him

Nicho Hynes remembers walking taller into school that day.

For the first time in his life, the then 13-year-old had a sense of belonging.

For the first time in his life, he could tell people where he came from.

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“I remember I started being open and proud about being Aboriginal in Year 7,” Hynes said.

Yet Hynes’ pride didn’t match the brutal schoolyard reaction.

“It was a special moment for me to say, ‘I’m Aboriginal’,’’ the Cronulla Sharks star explained.

“But straight away, they’d (schoolmates) say, ‘Bulls***, why are you only coming out about it now?’

“You’re not black they’d say. They started questioning me.

“I didn’t tell them it hurt, but it hurt it like hell.’’

Between the age of five and 12…

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