All Stars on deck!
Unlike 2016, the cream of the crop is on show
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.