Bronco Ben a hit in NRL All Stars voting

Broncos new recruit Ben Hannant is proving popular with fans with the Origin star in line to secure one of the club’s two forward spots when public voting closes for the 2011 NRL All Stars team next week. <br><br> Hannant (close to 4000 votes) is less than 500 votes behind the Broncos leading forward Corey Parker, and only a few hundred ahead of emerging Origin stars Matt Gillett and Ben Te’o. <br><br> In the backs, Alex Glenn is leading the polling ahead of Ben Hunt and Gerard Beale. <br><br> After the first stage of voting for the Harvey Norman NRL All Stars team closes on Tuesday week (December 28), a squad of 64 players – two forwards and two backs from each club - will be announced for the second round of voting which opens January 3. <br><br> Hannant said he would love to play in the All Stars game which looks to have a real “Origin-like” feel about it. <br><br> “I watched it this year and it certainly didn’t look like anyone was out there just for fun,” he said. <br><br> “Given the competitive nature of players at this level of the game the match is always going to be played with a lot of intensity. <br><br> “It would be a real honour to be picked in the All Stars team. It’s a great concept and I would love to support it. It will be one of those special games you remember at the end of your career.” <br><br> To vote, <a href="http://www.nrl.com/repgames/allstarsvoting/tabid/10972/default.aspx"> click here.</a> <br><br> <b>Overview of NRL All Stars voting:</b> <br> - The first player to be chosen in the NRL All Stars team will be the player who scores the highest number of overall votes in a position. <br> - Once a player from one club is placed in the team, no other player from that club can be chosen. <br> - If a player withdraws from the team due to injury, he will be replaced by someone from the bench. <br> - The open bench spot will then be replaced by someone from the injured player’s club, with the new player having 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. <br><br> Rugby League fans are also being reminded to secure their tickets for the 2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, with about 3000 tickets remaining. <br><br> Tickets are available through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or <a href="http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ALLSTARS11"> click here.</a> <br><br> New Zealand customers can call 0800 842 538 or +61 132 849.