For the second time in his career, Newcastle Knights winger Aku Uate will line up for the NRL All Stars, when they take on the Indigenous All Stars at Suncorp Stadium on February 9 2013.
“I was really surprised when I heard the news and can’t wait to get up there and rip in,” he told Knights TV.
“It really means a lot to me to have been voted in the team by the fans.
“It is a great way to start the year and I am really happy to get another chance to represent the All Stars.”
Uate will be joined in camp by teammate Willie Mason, who will make his All Stars debut after being selected by coach Wayne Bennett.
“I am really excited for Willie and am looking forward to seeing him back in a rep jersey,” he said.
“It will be great to have him around and I know that he will go up there and do his best.”
Knights centre Timana Tahu will also make his All Stars debut next month after being picked in the Indigenous side by coach Laurie Daley.
“I don’t think I will be able to look at him on the field because I will probably laugh,” Uate joked.
“In saying that I can’t wait to play against him, it will be a good experience.”