The Harvey Norman NRL All Stars returns to the Gold Coast in 2020 and the squads have been named for the men's and women's matches on February 22.
Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley and his Maoris counterpart David Kidwell named their 20-man squads on Tuesday for the showpiece clash at Cbus Super Stadium while women's coaches Rusty Matua and Ben Jeffries also announced their squads.
All Stars squads
Indigenous All Stars vs Maori All Stars, Saturday 22 at Cbus Super Stadium, 8.10pm
Fullback for Indigenous is number 1 Latrell MitchellFullback for Maori is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
Winger for Indigenous is number 2 Blake FergusonWinger for Maori is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Centre for Indigenous is number 3 James RobertsCentre for Maori is number 3 Esan Marsters
Centre for Indigenous is number 4 Jesse RamienCentre for Maori is number 4 Dylan Walker
Winger for Indigenous is number 5 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for Maori is number 5 Bryson Goodwin
Five-Eighth for Indigenous is number 6 Jack WightonFive-Eighth for Maori is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
Halfback for Indigenous is number 7 Tyrone RobertsHalfback for Maori is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
Prop for Indigenous is number 8 Josh KerrProp for Maori is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Indigenous is number 9 Nathan PeatsHooker for Maori is number 9 Brandon Smith
Prop for Indigenous is number 10 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Maori is number 10 Adam Blair
2nd Row for Indigenous is number 11 Joel Thompson2nd Row for Maori is number 11 Kenneath Bromwich
2nd Row for Indigenous is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Maori is number 12 Briton Nikora
Lock for Indigenous is number 13 David FifitaLock for Maori is number 13 Corey Harawira-Naera
Interchange for Indigenous is number 14 Connor WatsonInterchange for Maori is number 14 Issac Luke
Interchange for Indigenous is number 15 Chris SmithInterchange for Maori is number 15 Brad Takairangi
Interchange for Indigenous is number 16 Zac SaddlerInterchange for Maori is number 16 Zane Tetevano
Interchange for Indigenous is number 17 Josh CurranInterchange for Maori is number 17 Jordan Riki
Reserve for Indigenous is number 18 Alex JohnstonReserve for Maori is number 18 Kevin Proctor
Reserve for Indigenous is number 19 Tyrone PeacheyReserve for Maori is number 19 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
Reserve for Indigenous is number 20 Tyrell FuimaonoReserve for Maori is number 20 Pasami Saulo
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Nick Morel
- Touch Judge: Rickey MacFarlane
- Video Referee: Beau Scott
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Indigenous All Stars: Marquee South Sydney recruit Latrell Mitchell will start at fullback but Cody Walker and Andrew Fifita are in doubt with injuries. Fifita had his knee cleaned out before Christmas while Walker is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Daley said a decision on Walker and Fifita's availability will be made by their respective club doctors. If fit, Walker is likely to play halfback alongside Jack Wighton at five-eighth. Tyrone Roberts, last year's Man of the Match in a 34-14 win, is a readymade No.7 replacement. Broncos centre Jack Bird was initially picked but withdrew from the squad as he manages his comeback from an ACL injury. He was replaced by Warriors forward Josh Curran.
Maori All Stars: The Maori side shouldn't lack go-forward with Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, James Tamou, Kevin Proctor, Briton Nikora, Zane Tetevano and Corey Harawira-Naera among an elite crop of big men chosen. Kalyn Ponga will slot in at fullback while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Bailey Simonsson appear the likely wingers, while Dylan Walker, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Brad Takairangi and Esan Marsters are centre options. Marsters, who had off-season ankle surgery, is in doubt to play and discussions with the Cowboys medical staff about his fitness are ongoing.
Indigenous All Stars Women vs Maori All Stars Women, Friday February 22 at Cbus Super Stadium, 5.10pm
Match: Indigenous Women’s v Maori Women's
Round 1 -
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Indigenous All Stars: Internationals Tallisha Harden and Shakiah Tungai will lead the charge for Ben Jeffries' Indigenous Women's All Stars in their showdown with the Maori Women's All Stars. Harden and Tungai both scored tries in the Jillaroos side which downed the Kiwi Ferns 28-8 at WIN Stadium last October.
Maori All Stars: Kiwi Ferns Krystal Rota, Raecene McGregor and Kiana Takairangi join forces with Jillaroos Corban McGregor and Botille Vette-Welsh in a strong squad. Playmaker McGregor was part of the Brisbane side which stormed to victory in the NRLW grand final last October, scoring a try in the 30-6 triumph. Coached by Rusty Matua the Maori side features 10 players with NRLW experience.
Get your tickets to see the best of the NRL’s Indigenous and Mãori players going head to head at Cbus Super Stadium on February 22