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Indigenous v Maori All Stars: Seven new players named

Posted By: Raidercast
February 15, 2021, 03:17:10 PM
A collection of the game's most exciting players will get men's footy started for 2021 when the Indigenous and Maori teams meet for the Harvey Norman All Stars.

Latrell Mitchell, Benji Marshall, Cody Walker, Jack Wighton and Jarome Luai are only a handful of the big names who will proudly represent their cultures at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville on February 20.

Seven new players were added to the match on Sunday after Melbourne's representatives were omitted from the game due to COVID-19 border restrictions.

The Maori side, coached by David Kidwell, are reigning champions having beaten their counterparts 30-16 last year.

They possess a dangerous mix of power, skill and athleticism and will again be tough to overcome. But the blinding speed and ad-lib attacking instincts of Laurie Daley's Indigenous squad will give them hope of reclaiming the Arthur Beetson Trophy.

Adam Gee will referee the match, with Phil Henderson and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski the tough judges.

A capacity crowd of 25,000 is expected.

The rundown Team news Indigenous All Stars: Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr was ruled out of the match on Friday with Victoria's COVID-19 border closures. The Titans' Corey Thompson is the new face in the squad.

Sharks captain Wade Graham withdrew from the initial squad due to a perforated eardrum which meant he couldn't fly. The back-rower was replaced by Manly forward Zac Saddler, who played in last year's fixture. Tyrell Fuimaono has been promoted to start.

Dynamic five-eighth Cody Walker is back after a shoulder injury ruled him out of the 2020 clash.

Latrell Mitchell will play his first game since suffering a hamstring injury for South Sydney in late August. He has been named at fullback, but coach Laurie Daley will monitor his workload. Rabbitohs teammate Alex Johnston can also capably fill the custodian's role.

Halfback Jamal Fogarty, hooker Reuben Cotter and bench players Cade Cust and Brian Kelly are set to make their All Stars debuts. 

More: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2021/02/15/indigenous-v-maori-all-stars-seven-new-players-named/


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