New Bulldog Pritchard unavailable for All Stars
New Bulldogs recruit Frank Pritchard will join Kiwi and Canterbury team-mate Greg Eastwood on the sidelines for next month's Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars clash at the Gold Coast. <br><br> Canterbury Bulldogs General manager, Football Operations Alan Thompson, today confirmed Pritchard would not be available for selection, along with Eastwod, who withdrew yesterday from the February 12 match. <br><br> "Frank has missed a considerable amount of pre-season training due to his involvement in the Four Nations and his recent marriage/honeymoon," said Thompson. <br><br> "These, along with the rehab he is undertaking for the knee injury he incurred during the Four Nations means that unfortunately Frank will not be available for the All Stars game." <br><br> His spot will be taken by new Bulldogs recruit Aiden Tolman, while Eastwood was replaced by Michael Ennis on the 64-man shortlist with public voting closing on Thursday week (Jan 27) at <a href="http://www.nrl.com/repgames/allstarsvoting/tabid/10972/default.aspx">nrl.com</a> <br><br> Only one player from each club can be chosen in the NRL All Stars team to join skipper Darren Lockyer and vice-captain Benji Marshall. <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> To vote,<a href="http://www.nrl.com/repgames/allstarsvoting/tabid/10972/default.aspx"> click here.</a> <br><br> Rugby League fans are also being reminded to secure their tickets for the 2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, with less than 2000 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&searchId=167f91d5-7c5e-%204940-aef1-41341b312dde"> click here.</a> <br><br> New Zealand customers can call 0800 842 538 or +61 132 849.