All Stars on deck!

Un­like 2016, the cream of the crop is on show

Rugby League Week - - News - JOE MCDONOUGH

AYEAR AGO, A RAFT OF IN­JURIES, THE World Club Chal­lenge, a child’s birth, and even Super Bowl 50 all con­spired to water down the tal­ent in the All Stars match.

Johnathan Thurston was help­ing the Cow­boys con­quer Leeds, Si­mon Man­ner­ing was be­com­ing a proud fa­ther for the se­cond time, Rob­bie Farah was in Cal­i­for­nia watch­ing Den­ver win their third ti­tle, Sam Burgess was rested, and eight oth­ers pulled out through in­jury.

But fear not – there won’t be a re­peat this Fri­day night.

Thurston re­turns to part­ner Rookie of the Year Ash Tay­lor in the halves, play­ing be­hind a starstud­ded Indige­nous All Stars pack, and they’ll have the likes of Greg Inglis and Jack Bird run­ning off them out wide.

The World All Stars have lost Jar­ryd Hayne af­ter he suc­cumbed to a knee in­jury at the Nines, and they’ve also re­placed Joey Leilua and So­saia Feki. But boast­ing the flair of Mitchell Moses, Bryce Cartwright and Moses Mbye, they’re sure to have plenty of ad­mir­ers.

World All Stars: 1. David Mead 2. Nene Mac­don­ald 3. Jor­dan Turner 4. Jar­rod Cro­ker 5. Ger­ard Beale 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Moses Mbye 8. Jor­dan McLean 9. Jake Friend 10. Rea­gan Camp­bell-Gil­lard 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Gavin Cooper 13. Te­pai Mo­eroa 14. Damien Cook 15. Paul Vaughan 16. Sam Lisone 17. Sione Mata’utia 18. Mitchell Aubus­son 19. Akuila Uate 20. Chris McQueen

Indige­nous All Stars: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Dane Ga­gai 3. Greg Inglis 4. Jack Bird 5. Blake Fer­gu­son 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Ash Tay­lor 8. An­drew Fi­fita 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James 11. Wade Gra­ham 12. Joel Thomp­son 13. Kyle Turner 14. Ty­rone Peachey 15. Leilani Latu 16. Chris Smith 17. Ai­dan Sezer 18. La­trell Mitchell 19. Be­van French 20. Ty­rone Roberts. *Ac­cu­rate as of 6/2/17.

BAT­TLE FOR THE BEETSON TRO­PHY Joel Thomp­son and Jake Friend are among a host of fan favourites who’ll run out this Fri­day at 8pm NSW time.

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