Prop forward Ryan James has gone into camp with the Indigenous All-Stars ahead of the match against the All-Stars in Newcastle on Friday night.
James will be making his fifth appearance as part of the squad and will have a number of familiar faces around him on the field with Ash Taylor, Tyrone Roberts and Nathan Peats all out there beside him.
Speak from a local school visit, the Bilambil Jets spoke about the pride he has in wearing the jersey.
“I think it’s my fifth appearance now and I’ve been very lucky to be part of it for such a long time,” he said. “Even back when Preston Campbell was.
“For someone to create something, to be part of it and be part of the legacy is great for me and my family.”
The fixture will be held in Newcastle for the first time and being a proud New South Welshman, the 25-year-old is happy to have the match being played south of the border.
“It’s good to change it up and come to Newcastle, bringing it to NSW. It’s good to get out to different people in the community, especially the kids.”
James flew in with the rest of the squad and the squad hit the training paddock almost straight away.
When asked what the match and week of activities was about for him, James was quick to stress the importance.
“It means a lot to not just me, but also my family and people. When you chuck on that jersey, you get to do it some of the best in the game.”