Hard-hitting Bulldogs centre Jamal Idris is hoping to be as big a hit in the 2011 Harvey Normal Rugby League All Stars match next month as he was in a recent charity cricket match.
Idris, who had been expecting to carry the drinks at the game, smashed a massive six in the historic charity Twenty20 all-Indigenous match at the SCG to raise money for people with disabilities.
He was joined by fellow "Learn. Earn. Legend!" Indigenous All Stars team-mates Preston Campbell, Scott Prince, Nathan Merritt, Jamie Soward, Greg Bird, Ben Barba and Jharal Yow Yeh at the match, which Idris said also served as a great team bonding opportunity ahead of their clash with the NRL All Stars on February 12.
Idris was extremely disappointed last year to miss the inaugural All Stars game when he was ruled out the day before after injuring his hamstring at training.
"It really means a lot," said Idris. "Hopefully I will get a taste of it this year.
"I have family coming from everywhere for the game - Cowra, Griffith, Orange, Newcastle, Foster, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Wynnum. It's like a reunion ... it does mean that much to them."
While the Indigenous All stars team was announed in November, the NRL All Stars will not be named until this Friday after four weeks of public voting to choose 16 players from a shortlist of 64.
Voting closes at 11.59pm AEDT (10.59pm in Queensland) on Thursday (Jan 27) at www.nrl.com/allstars
and coach Wayne Bennett will announce his team on Friday.