Joe Tapine takes a moment to think about the chance to represent the Ngai Tuhoe tribe. "It's a different rush" for the 26-year-old Maori All Stars co-captain, whose appointment as a leader caps off a journey to connect with his culture that was ignited by his first taste of All Stars camp in 2019. Tapine is a wrecking ball in the Canberra Raiders forward pack, harnessing explosive power with speed and aggression to bolster the NRL title contenders. But where do his Maori roots begin? "It's kind of near, how do I explain it? Whakatane is probably the easiest because people know that because of Benji," Tapine said. Come Saturday night Tapine and NRL veteran Benji Marshall will be teammates when the Maori All Stars face the Indigenous All Stars at North Queensland Stadium.