After the heartbreaking video of Quaden Bayles went viral he was lavished with support from across the globe and received an invitation to lead the Indigenous All-Stars NRL team onto the pitch.
The crowd at the Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast erupted when they saw Quaden walking hand-in-hand with captain Joel Thompson ahead of the match against the Maori All-Stars.
NRL star Latrell Mitchell said: ‘Hey Quadey… Just wanted to wish you all the best brother, we know you’re going through a hard time right now but the boys are here.’
‘We’ve got your back, we’re here to support you bud. We just want to make sure you’re doing alright.’
Before the match Quaden posed for the camera with commentator an former North Queensland Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston and got to mingle with players in the Indigenous dressing room.
Coach Laurie Daley said: ‘We want to embrace him and include him in some of our activities over the next 48 hours, him and his family, just to show we care and we are here for him.’
In the heartbreaking video, Quaden can be seen saying how he did nothing yet the bully called him the dumbest kid in class.