Thurston, Inglis lead All Stars voting
Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and Sam Thaiday are currently leading the race to be selected in the 2015 Harvey Norman Rugby League Indigenous All Stars squad.
Less than 22 votes are currently separating Thurston and Inglis for the top position after more than 6500 fans placed their votes in the first two weeks of polling.
Also entering the race today was Newcastle Knights player Dane Gagai, who put his hand up for selection with his recovery from injury ahead of schedule.
"I am really excited about being able to join in the team selection and as soon as I was cleared I put my hand back up to re-enter the voting," Gagai said.
"I am yet to play an All Stars but when I hear about the event from the rest of the boys, it is a team that I really want to be a part of so I hope fans will begin to vote for me."
Indigenous All Stars Coach Laurie Daley is urging fans to cast their vote for his 2015 team which he hopes will provide the edge for outright Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars bragging rights.
"This is a great opportunity for fans of the All Stars to have their say in selecting their squad," Daley said.
"I am thrilled that Dane has re-joined the race. He is a great talent, and what I am looking for in coming weeks is for fans to think about the make-up of the squad.
"Jack Wighton, who has featured in our Emerging Blues squads in the past, is another player who could be selected in the Indigenous All Stars side. He represents great utility value to any side either in the starting line-up or coming off the bench and could be a real asset to the team.
"I'm really looking forward to bringing the side together and coaching some of the game's brightest talents.
"It should be a great game, a really entertaining spectacle and I can't wait."
Supporters from across the country have taken up the challenge and logged on to www.nrl.com/allstars to vote for the Indigenous All Stars side. There is still a chance for fans to shape an exciting team of their favourite Indigenous Rugby League superstars.
Fans can cast their vote by selecting a 13-man starting side, plus seven wildcards, from the list of eligible Indigenous players using the voting app below. Players in the starting side are restricted to relevant positions – grouped by forwards and backs – however the seven wildcard spots are not restricted and players from any position can fill these spots.
Public selections will close on January 9, with the squad to be revealed on January 19.
Indigenous All Stars top ten voting: (As at 13/12/2014)
1 Johnathan Thurston, Cowboys
2 Greg Inglis, Rabbitohs
3 Sam Thaiday, Broncos
4 Andrew Fifita, Sharks
5 Jamal Idris, Panthers
6 Greg Bird, Titans
7 Justin Hodges, Broncos
8 Ben Barba, Sharks
9 Josh Hoffman, Titans
10 Nathan Peats, Eels
Tickets for the event are now on sale to the general public, starting at $35 for adults and less than $100 for families. They can be purchased from ticketek.com.au/allstars.
The Indigenous All Stars team is proudly sponsored by Crown Resorts Foundation.
This article first appeared on NRL.com