The 2011 Indigenous All-Stars to take on the NRL All Stars on February 12 at Skilled Park has been announced, and featured nine Test players.
Over 10 000 votes were tallied in the selection of the team, and of the final 20 players to be named, utility Ben Barba and hooker Travis Waddell are the only players not to have previous representative experience.
Of all players, Broncos prop Sam Thaiday received the most votes. New Rabbitohs recruit Greg Inglis has been named but remains under and injury cloud and may miss the match through injury for the second year running.
Parramatta centre and 2010 New South Wales representative player Tima Tahu is the most notable player to miss out on selection, while Justin Hodges was not eligible for selection due to injury concerns.
“The public has selected a first class team with the squad announced today and we are definitely in the best position to defend our title at Skilled Park in February next year,” said Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley at the official team announcement.
“It is now an exciting countdown to the match, where we will wait to see just who the fans will select in the opposing NRL All Stars.
“No doubt, come February 12, 2011 we will see some incredible skill on the field, but beyond this, we will also contribute to a range of community programs that are making a real difference in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Australia and that are the direct result of the All Stars concept.”