The 2016 NRL All Stars match pitting the game’s best indigenous and international players against each other is on at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday.
For the first time the preseason fixture will feature the World All Stars, a team comprising players from Australia, New Zealand and England. Australian captain Cameron Smith will lead the side which also features last year’s NRL leading try scorer Semi Radradra.
The Indigenous All Stars side boasts a strong record in this fixture, winning for the past two years.
The side will be led by Greg Inglis. “The All Stars week is a really special week and occasion for me and it is important for me as a proud Aboriginal man to represent my family, community and people,” Inglis said. – James Wardell
The squads are:
Indigenous All Stars: 1. Greg Inglis (c) 2. Edrick Lee 3. Will Chambers 4. James Roberts 5. Dane Gagai 6. Ben Barba 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Ryan James 9. Ray Thompson 10. Andrew Fifita 11. Joel Thompson 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Greg Bird. Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jack Wighton 16. Wade Graham 17. Craig Garvey 18. Jamie Soward 19. David Fifita 20. Leilani Latu. Coach: Laurie Daley.
World All Stars: 1. Jordan Kahu 2. Semi Radradra 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Josh Morris 5. Nene Macdonald 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Adam Reynolds 8. James Graham 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Tom Burgess 11. Chris Lawrence 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14. Michael Ennis 15. Kane Evans 16. Konrad Hurrell 17. Trent Merrin 18. Beau Scott 19. Martin Taupau 20. Matthew Wright. Coach: Wayne Bennett.
Photo from NRL’s Facebook page.