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Voting for Indigenous & NRL All Stars now open

Fans face the dual challenge of deciding which of their favourite players to select for NRL All Stars and Indigenous All Stars honours as the cut-throat final public stage of voting was launched today (Dec 10) for the 2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars.

Broncos stars Justin Hodges, Peter Wallace, Corey Parker and Jharal Yow Yeh were on hand in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall today as online voting got underway at www.nrl.com/allstars for prized spots in the fourth annual All Stars match to be held at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium for the first time on February 9.

While fans have yet to have their say in the Indigenous All Stars team, more than 15,700 have had their say in Stage One of voting online for the NRL All Stars team to determine a 64-man ‘shortlist’ for the final stage of public voting.

Fans have until January 14 to cut that to16, with only one player from each club eligible for Wayne Bennett’s NRL All Stars; while fans can choose from Rugby League’s best Indigenous talent for Laurie Daley’s Indigenous All Stars.

Both coaches will be able to select additional bench players to complement the 16-man teams chosen by the public to make up a 20-man squad, with Bennett able to select two extras alongside automatic selections Benji Marshall (New Zealand captain) and Cameron Smith (Australian captain).

Daley will pick three extra players in addition to automatic selection and Indigenous All Stars captain Johnathan Thurston and the 16 public selections.

Storm superstar Billy Slater was one of the most popular players in Stage One voting which closed two weeks ago, but he faces his toughest challenge from team-mate Cooper Cronk to secure the one Melbourne spot in the NRL All Stars line-up.

Fans will also have to choose between the likes of Paul Gallen, Beau Ryan and Luke Lewis from the Sharks, the Raiders’ Josh Dugan and David Shillington, Eels Jarryd Hayne and Fuifui Moimoi, and the Dragons’ Ben Creagh and Brett Morris, who all made the ‘shortlist’ of 64 players, which comprises two forwards and two backs from each NRL Club.

NRL All Stars coach Wayne Bennett said: “It’s important we have the best players in the game in the team.

“My tip for the public selectors, who have always delivered an excellent team for me to work with, is to think about the key positions first – halfback, five-eighth, hooker and fullback.

“Given two of those spots are already covered with Benji Marshall (five-eighth) and Cameron Smith (hooker) as automatic selections, I would look at filling the halfback spot first, then fullback because there are so many quality options to choose from.

“You have the likes of Josh Dugan, who has done a good job the past two years; Jarryd Hayne, who is more than up to it at fullback after missing out with injury in previous years; and the talented Billy Slater, but he will no doubt be locked in a  battle with Cooper Cronk for the one Storm spot.”

Bennett has now assigned the following positions to the 64 shortlisted players and has asked fans to consider his guide below when choosing their NRL All Stars team.

Backs have been divided into three separate groups:

  • Fullback – Specialist role
  • Outside Back – Includes centres and wings
  • Inside Back – A player who can play five-eighth or halfback

Forwards have also been divided into three categories:

  • Tight Forwards – A player who plays front-row and also second-row
  • Edge Forwards – A second-rower or lock that can play on both the right and left side edge of a team’s attack and defence
  • Hooker – Specialist role

Bennett is also asking the fans to consider:

  • Players marked as utility players have been designated on the basis of their ability to cover multiple positions
  • The seven-man bench will require:

    -       two Tight Forwards
    -       one Edge Forward
    -       one Inside Back
    -       one Outside Back
    -       two Utilities.

 

Club Backs/ Forwards Bennett’s Positional Guide
Broncos Peter Wallace Inside back
  Corey Norman Fullback
  Ben Hannant Tight forward
  Corey Parker Tight forward
Bulldogs Josh Morris Outside back
  Krisnan Inu Outside back
  Sam Kasiano Tight forward
  Tony Williams Edge forward
Cowboys Ashley Graham Outside back
  Kane Linnett Outside back
  James Tamou Tight forward
  Matthew Scott Tight forward
Dragons Brett Morris Outside back
  Jason Nightingale Outside back
  Ben Creagh Edge forward
  Trent Merrin Tight forward
Eels Jarryd Hayne Fullback/ Outside back
  Ken Sio Fullback/ Outside back
  Fuifui Moimoi Tight forward
  Tim Mannah Tight forward
Knights Akuila Uate Outside back
  Darius Boyd Fullback
  Danny Buderus Hooker
  Kade Snowden Tight forward
Panthers Michael Jennings Outside back
  Lachlan Coote Fullback
  Tim Grant Tight forward
  Sika Manu Edge forward
Rabbitohs Adam Reynolds Inside back
  Andrew Everingham Outside back
  Ben Te’o Edge forward
  Issac Luke Hooker
Raiders Josh Dugan Fullback
  Jarrod Croker Outside back
  David Shillington Tight forward
  Josh Papalii Edge forward
Roosters James Maloney Inside back
  Shaun Kenny-Dowall Outside back
  Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Tight forward
  Frank-Paul Nuuausala Tight forward
Sea Eagles Brett Stewart Fullback
  Jamie Lyon Outside back
  Glenn Stewart Edge forward
  Anthony Watmough Edge forward/ Tight forward
Sharks Beau Ryan Fullback/ Outside back
  Michael Gordon Fullback/ Outside back
  Paul Gallen Tight forward
  Luke Lewis Edge forward
Storm Billy Slater Fullback
  Cooper Cronk Inside back
  Ryan Hoffman Edge forward
  Kevin Proctor Edge forward
Titans William Zillman Fullback
  Kevin Gordon Outside back
  David Taylor Edge forward
  Nate Myles Tight forward
Warriors Shaun Johnson Inside back
  Konrad Hurrell Outside back
  Feleti Mateo Edge forward
  Ben Matulino Tight forward/ Edge forward
Wests Tigers Chris Lawrence Outside back
  Tim Moltzen Fullback/ Inside back/ Utility
  Robbie Farah Hooker
  Aaron Woods Tight forward


2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars Ticket Categories and Prices
Tickets for the 2013 Harvey Norman All Stars match are available through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au. New Zealand customers can call 0800 842 538 or +61 132 849.

Categories

Cat 1

Cat 2

Cat 3

Adult

$90.00

$50.00

$20.00

Pensioner*

$80.00

$45.00

$18.00

Junior

$70.00

$40.00

$16.00

Family (2A+2J)

$265.00

$150.00

$60.00

The Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars is supported by Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural, regional and business events across Queensland.

 

* Aged, War, TPI, Invalid & Disability

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