All Stars an unknown for Lisone
Ahead of his debut in the annual NRL All Stars match, Warriors prop Sam Lisone admitted he is unsure of what to expect when he runs out onto Hunter Stadium on Friday night.
The 22-year-old has been named on the bench for Mal Meninga's World All Stars and is the sole Warriors representative named to play in the fixture.
While he has previously represented Toa Samoa at international level, Lisone said the All Stars would be the biggest stage he has played on to date in his three-year NRL Telstra Premiership career.
"I have got the All Stars game coming up and I am looking forward to that... I don't really know what to expect," Lisone said.
"It's my first big [representative game], but I am just keen to get out there.
"It does mean a lot to the Indigenous side and I expect them to stand up."
Lisone played 21 of the Warriors' 24 games last year, averaging 81.7 metres and 16 tackles per match.
He was included in the train-on squad for the Kiwis' 2016 Four Nations squad, but after missing out chose to play for Samoa in the end-of-year Pacific Test against Fiji in Apia.
Veteran Cowboys back-rower Gavin Cooper, who will also be making his World All Stars debut, said Lisone was among the players he was most excited to play alongside.
"I have played against Sam a few times when we have played the Warriors, he is a very hard man to tackle and hopefully he is going to bring that to Newcastle," Cooper said.
"It's going to be good to play with the next generation of forwards in the NRL, and it's always good to see the boys from the other clubs.
"I'm very much looking forward to it, I haven't experienced it before but from speaking with the boys who have played in previous years it's going to be a fun week."
The Indigenous All Stars v World All Stars match kicks off at 8pm AEDT on February 10 at Hunter Stadium, following the Women's All Stars fixture which runs from 5.30pm.