Indigenous All Stars voting now open
Voting for Indigenous All Stars has officially opened and the selectors of the team – the fans, will have the opportunity to choose the side they want to take the field against an opposing NRL All Stars side.
The Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars match, to be played on February 13 at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, will be a historic first on many fronts but none more exciting than the fans taking the selectors chair to choose the players they want to see in the inaugural match.
The public have until November 15, 2009 to cast their vote for 16 players, to represent the Indigenous side through www.nrl.com/allstars.
Ken Stephen Award winner, Preston Campbell, has been named as an automatic inclusion and Captain of the side, with an additional three players to be chosen by Indigenous All Stars coach Neil Henry and ARL Indigenous Council selectors, following the finalisation of the public vote.
''The game is certainly a unique concept and a wonderful opportunity for the NRL to showcase not only its Indigenous stars but the best non-Indigenous players too,'' Indigenous All Stars coach Neil Henry says.
''Having experienced the passion of the players in the Dreamtime team last year I know they will approach this match with State of Origin intensity.
“The fact that the fans will have voted for them will only add to their sense of honour on the night.
“I look forward to the fans sharing in this passion by helping to select the Inaugural NRL Indigenous All Stars.”
The ARL Indigenous Council together with the 16 NRL Clubs have announced a list of 60 players who are eligible for consideration in the team.
Nominated players eligible for the Indigenous All Stars can be viewed here
Members of the public can purchase tickets for the All Stars from 9am, this Monday, 26 October, 2010, through Ticketek on 132 849, at Ticketek outlets or online at www.ticketek.com.au. New Zealand customers can call 0800 842 538 or +61 132 849.
Voting for the NRL All Stars team will take place throughout January 2010 and there will be total of 16 places on the side determined by public vote. There is a prerequisite that each of the 16 NRL Clubs are represented in the players voted by the fans. The NRL All Stars team will also include VB Kangaroos’ Darren Lockyer and Cameron Smith and the New Zealand Captain Benji Marshall and Vice-Captain Adam Blair.
Click here to vote for your Indigenous All Stars team