As the NRL All-Stars match heads back to its spiritual home on the Gold Coast on February 22, it is fitting that five Gold Coast Titans have been selected to welcome the game home to Cbus Super Stadium.
The teams for the All-Stars clash between the Australian Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori All-Stars have been released, with a strong representation from the Titans.
Ryan James, Tyrone Peachey, Nathan Peats and Tyrone Roberts have all been named in Laurie Daley’s very strong Indigenous team, while Kevin Proctor will turn out for David Kidwell’s Maori team.
The match will be James’ first game back from a knee reconstruction, after his tore his ACL while playing for the Titans against Newcastle in Round 6 last year.
The All-Stars game, created by league legend and Gold Coast Titans Life Member Preston Campbell, returns home to the Gold Coast as the concept celebrates its 10th year.
Daley said he was excited about again taking the reins of the Indigenous team, and being part of the celebration of culture in rugby league, with the Indigenous team looking to back up their comprehensive 34-14 win in last year’s match.
“Obviously Preston had this idea 10 years ago and it has got bigger and bigger every year,” Daley said. “I love being a part of the game, it is always a very entertaining game, and I am really looking forward to it again this year.”
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INDIGENOUS ALL-STARS: Josh Curran, Josh Addo-Carr, Adam Elliott, Blake Ferguson, Andrew Fifita, David Fifita, Wade Graham, Ryan James, Josh Kerr, Alex Johnston, Latrell Mitchell, Tyrone Peachey, Nathan Peats, Jesse Ramien, James Roberts, Tyrone Roberts, Joel Thompson, Cody Walker, Connor Watson, Jack Wighton.
MAORI ALL-STARS: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, Corey Harawira-Naera, Jahrome Hughes, Issac Luke, Esan Marsters, Briton Nikora, Kodi Nikorima, Kalyn Ponga, Kevin Proctor, Bailey Simonsson, Brandon Smith, Brad Takairangi, James Tamou, Zane Tetevano, Dylan Walker, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Malakai