Latrell Mitchell’s first NRL game in six months will be one of many highlights when the Indigenous All Stars take on the Maori All Stars in the NRL All Stars clash in Townsville on February 20.
Some of the NRL’s best names were unveiled in both teams on Tuesday, including the likes of Josh Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton, Cody Walker, Jarome Luai, Brandon Smith and new Rabbitohs recruit Benji Marshall.
But it’s Mitchell’s first appearance since rupturing his hamstring tendon against Parramatta last August that will attract the eyes of the league world.
The South Sydney star, who has returned to training with the Rabbitohs in preparation for the 2021 season, is arguably the game’s finest Indigenous talent at his best.
Mitchell’s absence showed during Souths’ finals run last season, especially when they fell short in the preliminary final against Penrith.
Latrell Mitchell’s comeback after six months on the sidelines is set to be the star attraction in the NRL’s All Star clash in Townsville. Picture: News Corp.Source:FOX SPORTS
The Taree-born talent will look to start the season in style with a strong performance alongside a star-studded Indigenous All Stars team featuring the likes of Gold Coast enforcer David Fifita and Rabbitohs teammates Cody Walker and Alex Johnston.
The Maori All Stars won’t be easy to beat though, with coach David Kidwell naming a potent and powerful team led by the likes of Roosters flyer Joseph Manu and Penrith pair Jarome Luai and James Fisher-Harris.
Premiers Melbourne are strongly represented in both teams with seven players selected to play in the historic first fixture at the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
The teams for the women’s All Stars match, the opening match of the double header, were also announced on Tuesday.
NRL All Stars teams:
Indigenous All Stars (Men)
Latrell Mitchell South Sydney Rabbitohs
Blake Ferguson Parramatta Eels
Jack Wighton Canberra Raiders
Jesse Ramien Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Josh Addo Carr Melbourne Storm
Cody Walker South Sydney Rabbitohs
Jamal Fogarty Gold Coast Titans
Andrew Fifita Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Reuben Cotter North Queensland Cowboys
Josh Kerr St George Illawarra Dragons
David Fifita Gold Coast Titans
Wade Graham Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Tyrone Peachey Gold Coast Titans
Alex Johnston South Sydney Rabbitohs
Jamayne Taunoa-Brown Warriors
Cade Cust Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Chris Smith Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Tyrell Fuimaono St George Illawarra Dragons
Josh Curran Warriors
Brian Kelly Gold Coast Titans
Coach: Laurie Daley
Penrith’s Jarome Luai will be one to watch in the NRL All Stars clash in Townsville on February 20 after being named in the Maori All Stars team. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
Maori All Stars (Men)
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad Canberra Raiders
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Joseph Manu Sydney Roosters
Dylan Walker Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Reimis Smith Melbourne Storm
Jarome Luai Penrith Panthers
Jahrome Hughes Melbourne Storm
Jesse Bromwich Melbourne Storm
Brandon Smith Melbourne Storm
James Fisher-Harris Penrith Panthers
Briton Nikora Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Kenneath Bromwich Melbourne Storm
Joseph Tapine Canberra Raiders
Jeremy Marshall-King Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Kevin Proctor Gold Coast Titans
Nelson Asofa-Solomona Melbourne Storm
Jordan Riki Brisbane Broncos
Patrick Herbert Gold Coast Titans
Bailey Simonsson Canberra Raiders
Benji Marshall South Sydney Rabbitohs
Coach: David Kidwell
Indigenous All Stars (Women)
Coach: Ian Bourke
Maori All Stars (Women)
Zali Eve Fay
Coach: Keith Hanley
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