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NRL All Stars fullback Billy Slater has today withdrawn from Saturday’s Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game at Skilled Park because of an ankle injury.

NRL All Stars coach Wayne Bennett today called Slater’s Melbourne team-mate Brett Finch into the squad on the bench.

Billy had injured his ankle at the team’s first training session on Monday and, despite some promising signs during treatment this week, it was decided today that he would not be in a position to play in the match at 6.30pm AEST (7.30pm AEDT) on Saturday evening.

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