The 2011 NRL pre-season will kick-off with a week of celebrations on the Gold Coast leading into the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match at Skilled Park on Saturday, February 12. <br><br> The match, which was a huge success when staged for the first time in 2010, will pit premiership -winning Dragons coach Wayne Bennett’s NRL All Stars up against Laurie Daley’s Indigenous All Stars. The Indigenous team won the inaugural event 16-12. <br><br> While the Indigenous team has already been decided, the first round of public voting for the NRL All Stars team closes on December 28. <br><br> As the two teams prepare for their much-anticipated clash, their team-mates will be visiting towns and cities all over Australia, including centres in South Australia and the Northern Territory as well as New Zealand, as part of rugby league’s annual Community Carnival. <br><br> The Community Carnival will run for the entire week leading up to the All Stars match, from Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 11 and will involve hundreds of NRL players from all clubs in a variety of community activities. <br><br> Other activities to be held at the Gold Coast include: <br><br> <b>Wednesday, Feb 9 <br>Harvey Norman Women In League dinner</b> <br>- The NRL All Stars will join women working in volunteer and administrative roles in south- east Queensland for a dinner to celebrate Women In League. <br><br> <b>Thursday, Feb 10 – Saturday, Feb 12 <br> All Stars Youth Summit</b> <br>- The NRL, in partnership with the Federal Government, through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ (DEEWR) “Learn. Earn. Legend!” initiative, will host a Youth Summit for 120 Indigenous children from across Australia at the Titans Centre of Excellence. <br><br> <b>Thursday, Feb 10 <br>White Water World Event</b> <br>- The 120 Indigenous children involved in the All Stars Youth Summit will be involved in an evening of fun activities with players from both the NRL and Indigenous All Stars teams. <br><br> <b>Friday, Feb 11 – Sat, Feb 12 Bumehla Festival, Broadwater Parklands</b> <br>- The All Stars Bumehla Festival will bring together Indigenous arts, heritage and sport in a community celebration on the Gold Coast. The festival will involve Indigenous, family and rugby league interactive activities and entertainment and will culminate in a live site on the Saturday night where fans can watch the All Stars game. <br><br> <b>Saturday, Feb 12 <br>Game Day, Skilled Park</b> <br>- 3.40pm Women’s All Stars v Women’s Indigenous All Stars <br>- 4.40pm QLD Indigenous U16s v NSW Indigenous U16s <br>- 6.45pm Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars. <br><br> Tickets are available through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or <a href="http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ALLSTARS11&searchId=167f91d5-7c5e- 4940-aef1-41341b312dde"> click here.</a> <br><br> New Zealand customers can call 0800 842 538 or +61 132 849.
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