Latrell Mitchell’s comeback set to be the star attraction in the NRL’s All Star clash in Townsville

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)

Jaime Chapman

Taleena Simon

Monique Donovan

Jasmine Peters

Leticia Quinlan

Taliah Fuimaono

Akira Kelly

Kaitlyn Phillips

Quincy Dodd

Caitlan Johnston

Shaniah Power

Shaylee Bent

Tallisha Harden

Lailee Phillips

Keilee Joseph

Olivia Kernick

Abelee Stanley

Ngalika Barker

Coach: Ian Bourke

Maori All Stars (Women)

Corban McGregor

Botille Vette-Welsh

Amy Turner

Hayley Tipene

Jodeci Nicholson

Zahara Temara

Crystal Tamarua

Nita Maynard

Kennedy Cherrington

Mya Hill-Moana

Zali Eve Fay

Rona Peters

Lavinia Gould

Shannon Mato

Raecene McGregor

Roxy Murdoch

Page McGregor

Shanice Parker

Coach: Keith Hanley

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