NRL All Stars squad announced

Final contenders for the first ever NRL All Stars team have been officially named with fans soon to face the ultimate test of choosing just sixteen players.

18,000 fans took part in stage one voting through www.nrl.com/allstars to determine which players would be shortlisted to represent the NRL All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars at Skilled Park on February 13 in the first ever Harvey Norman All Stars match.

Already the star studded make-up of the list underlines the near impossible task that lies ahead for fans in choosing just one player from each club to join internationals Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith, Benji Marshall and Adam Blair in the twenty man All Stars squad.

Dragons supporters must choose between Ben Creagh, Jeremy Smith, Matt Cooper and Darius Boyd; Eels fans between Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Jarryd Hayne and Feleti Mateo; Manly fans between Anthony Watmough, Glenn Stewart, Michael Robinson and Kieran Foran … and so the dilemma goes on across every club.

The top ten voted players in stage one of the NRL All Stars side were:

Player
Club
1. Israel Folau
Brisbane Broncos
2. Fuifui Moimoi
Parramatta Eels
3. Nathan Hindmarsh
Parramatta Eels
4. Jarryd Hayne
Parramatta Eels
5. Michael Jennings
Penrith Panthers
6. Billy Slater
Melbourne Storm
7. Anthony Watmough
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
8. John Sutton*
South Sydney Rabbitohs
9. Josh Morris
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
10. Ryan Hoffman
Melbourne Storm

* Unavailable due to injury

All Stars coach Wayne Bennett has vowed to work with fans in helping them select the final team as stage two voting opens through www.nrl.com/allstars on January 4, 2010.

The following 64-players have been shortlisted for the NRL All Stars selection:

Club
Name
Position
Brisbane Broncos
 
Corey Parker
Forward
 
Nick Kenny
Forward
 
Israel Folau
Back
 
Peter Wallace
Back
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
 
Michael Ennis
Forward
 
David Stagg
Forward
 
Josh Morris
Back
 
Luke Patten
Back
North Queensland Cowboys
 
Luke O’Donnell
Forward
 
Antonio Kaufusi
Forward
 
Ashley Graham
Back
 
John Williams
Back
Parramatta Eels
 
Fuifui Moimoi
Forward
 
Nathan Hindmarsh
Forward
 
Jarryd Hayne
Back
 
Feleti Mateo
Back
Newcastle Knights
 
Ben Cross
Forward
 
Chris Houston
Forward
 
Kurt Gidley
Back
 
Jarrod Mullen
Back
New Zealand Warriors
 
Michael Luck
Forward
 
Sam Rapira
Forward
 
Manu Vatuvei
Back
 
Simon Mannering
Back
Penrith Panthers
 
Petero Civoniceva
Forward
 
Frank Pritchard
Forward
 
Michael Jennings
Back
 
Luke Lewis
Back
South Sydney Rabbitohs
 
Dave Taylor
Forward
 
Issac Luke
Forward
 
Fetuli Talanoa
Back
 
Colin Best
Back
Canberra Raiders
 
Alan Tongue
Forward
 
David Shillington
Forward
 
Terry Campese
Back
 
Joel Monaghan
Back
Sydney Roosters
 
Nate Myles
Forward
 
Jason Ryles
Forward
 
Anthony Minichiello
Back
 
Mitchell Pearce
Back
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
 
Anthony Watmough
Forward
 
Glenn Stewart
Forward
 
Michael Robertson
Back
 
Kieran Foran
Back
Cronulla Sharks
 
Anthony Tupou
Forward
 
Luke Douglas
Forward
 
Trent Barrett
Back
 
Luke Covell
Back
Melbourne Storm
 
Ryan Hoffman
Forward
 
Aiden Tolman
Forward
 
Billy Slater
Back
 
Brett Finch
Back
Gold Coast Titans
 
Anthony Laffranchi
Forward
 
Luke Bailey
Forward
 
Mat Rogers
Back
 
Ashley Harrison
Back
Wests Tigers
 
Gareth Ellis
Forward
 
Robbie Farah
Forward
 
Chris Lawrence
Back
 
Tim Moltzen
Back
St George Illawarra Dragons
 
Ben Creagh
Forward
 
Jeremy Smith
Forward
 
Matt Cooper
Back
 
Darius Boyd
Back

Please note, since Stage One voting opened the following players have been made unavailable by their club due to injury: Bronson Harrison (Canberra Raiders); Brett Kimmorley (Canterbury Bulldogs); Ben Hannant (Canterbury Bulldogs); Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks); Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm); Ben Harris (North Queensland Cowboys); Michael Weyman (St George Illawarra Dragons); Brett Morris (St George Illawarra Dragons); John Sutton (South Sydney Rabbitohs).

Wayne Bennett will now spend the New Year’s period working on what positions he wants the 64-nominated players considered for, including those he wants for the bench.

He will release the list of positions he wants players considered for on Sunday January 3 on NRL.com.

Stage Two voting will officially open on January 4 through www.nrl.com/allstars.

Voting to decide the final team to take of the Indigenous All Stars at Skilled Park Stadium on February 13 will close at midnight (AEDT) on January 29, 2010.

 “It will be an amazing way to start the season,” NRL Chief Executive Mr David Gallop said today.

“This is a match that really includes the fans and underlines Rugby League’s community involvement.

“Choosing between the likes of Jarryd Hayne, Fuifui Moimoi, Feleti Mateo and Nathan Hindmarsh will not be easy, but ultimately it will only be one of these players that will make the NRL All Stars side and it is the fans who will decide.”

The player with the highest number of total votes will become the first publicly selected player names in the team and this will automatically prevent any of his club team mates gaining a place in the All Stars.

If injury prevents a player from being a part of the game, he will be replaced by someone from the bench.

The open bench spot will then be replaced by someone from the injured player’s club. The new player selected will have recorded the second highest number of votes from that club, either as a forward, back or utility, depending on the position needed for the bench.  

The only remaining tickets for the game are corporate packages and single seats. Ticket enquiries can made through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au.