Bowen out of Indigenous All Stars

As selectors of the first ever Indigenous All Stars team, the fans have only 72 hours left to lodge their vote for the side they want to see take the field on February 13, 2010. There are only three days to go until the public poll officially closes on Sunday, November 15 at midnight EDST (11:00pm in Queensland).

Following the closing of votes, the coach of the Indigenous team, Neil Henry together with the ARL Indigenous Council, will decide on an additional three players to join Captain Preston Campbell in the 20-player squad.

This is the first time in the game’s history that the fans have been asked to play the role of selector and more than 16,000 have already logged onto www.nrl.com/allstars to lock in their preferred team.

Matthew Bowen’s withdrawl from the match due to injury has added to the last minute speculation around the team and last minute votes could tip the selection scales for some big names including Timana Tahu, Yileen Gordon, Willie Tonga, Jharal Yow Yeh, Jake Friend, Palmer Wapau and Chris Sandow.

Already some of Rugby League’s highest profile indigenous stars have declared selection in the team to be as important to them as any honour in the game.

“The match has struck a chord across the community and it will be an emotional start to the 2013 season,” NRL Chief Executive, David Gallop said today.

“And never before have Rugby League supporters played such an integral role in a single game.

“If you are a supporter of some of the names in contention for the team then you still have just a  few days to see those players selected.”

A clear sign of the strong support from fans has been ticket sales. Three months out from the historic match 15,000 tickets have been snapped up for Skilled Stadium.

Those wishing be at Skilled Park in February next year, still have time to be a part of the game with tickets still available through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au.

The following players are eligible for inclusion in the All Stars side:

Player

Team

Albert Kelly

Sharks

Anthony Mitchell

Parramatta Eels

Beau Champion

Rabbitohs

Ben Barba

Bulldogs

Ben Jones

Roosters

Ben Orcher

Sharks

Blake Ferguson

Sharks

Brad Tighe

Panthers

Brenton Bowen

Titans

Carl Webb

Cowboys

Chris Sandow

Rabbitohs

Cory Paterson

Newcastle

Daine Laurie

Panthers

Dane Nielsen

Storm

Donald Malone

Cowboys

Esi Tonga

Titans

Fred Briggs

Bulldogs

George Rose

Manly

Greg Inglis

Storm

Ian Lacey

Titans

Jake Friend

Roosters

Jamal Idris

Bulldogs

Jamie Simpson

Rabbitohs

Jamie Soward

Dragons

Jarrod Sammut

Panthers

Jharal Yow Yeh

Broncos

Joel Moon

Warriors

Joel Romelo

Panthers

Joel Thompson

Raiders

Johnathan Thurston

Cowboys

Jonathan Wright

Parramatta Eels

Josh Hoffman

Broncos

Justin Carney

Raiders

Justin Hodges

Broncos

Kurtis Lingwoodock

Broncos

Luke Kelly

Storm

Luke Walsh

Panthers

Matt Bowen

Cowboys

Maurice Blair

Panthers

Michael Bani

Cowboys

Michael Lett

Dragons

Nathan Merritt

Rabbitohs

Obe Geia

Cowboys

PJ Marsh

Broncos

Palmer Wapau

Broncos

Rhys Wesser

Rabbitohs

Robert Lui

Tigers

Sam Thaiday

Broncos

Scott Prince

Titans

Shannon Hegarty

Cowboys

Shannon Walker

Titans

Timana Tahu

Parramatta Eels

Tom Learoyd – Lahrs

Raiders

Travis Waddell

Raiders

Ty Williams

Cowboys

Wendell Sailor

Dragons

Willie Tonga

Cowboys

Yileen Gordon

Bulldogs

Zac Merritt

Raiders

All Stars Ticket Categories and Prices

Price Category

Adult

Concession

Junior

Family

1

$65.00

$55.00

$40.00

$170.00

2

$45.00

$40.00

$30.00

$120.00

3

$25.00

$20.00

$15.00

$65.00

Tickets are available 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.