Inglis, Reynolds and Peats - Our 2013 All Stars
Wednesday 16 January 2013 3:15 PM
Rabbitohs players Greg Inglis, Adam Reynolds and Nathan Peats have been selected in the Indigenous and NRL All Stars teams for season 2013, it was announced today.
Inglis and Peats will play in their second All Stars game, having both been selected to play in the 2012 Indigenous All Stars side at centre and lock respectively.
Adam Reynolds will make his senior representative debut having earned selection in the halfback position in the NRL All Stars side, beating out seasoned performers such as current State of Origin halfbacks Cooper Cronk from the Storm and Mitchell Pearce from the Roosters.
Nathan Merritt was selected in the Indigenous All Stars side, but was ruled out due to not having quite recovered sufficiently from a shoulder injury suffered in the finals series of 2012, plus off season surgery he had to his neck. He expected to play in at least one of the Rabbitohs' pre-season matches and will be right to start the season.
The All Stars game will take place at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 9 February, kicking off at 7pm QLD time (8pm AEDST).
Reynolds spoke with Rabbitohs TV after being told of his selection for the NRL All Stars.
To watch the video, please press play on the video player above.
Former Internationals Willie Mason and Timana Tahu will make a stunning return to representative football as rivals after the Knights team-mates were today named as ‘coach’s selections’ for next month’s All Stars game.
Newcastle and NRL All Stars Coach Wayne Bennett chose Mason to make his All Stars debut alongside Reynolds, James Tamou (Cowboys), Billy Slater (Storm) and Tim Grant (Panthers), while Tahu was chosen by Laurie Daley for his Indigenous All Stars side featuring seven newcomers. The others are Raiders’ trio Reece Robinson, Jake Foster and Jack Wighton, Aidan Sezer (Titans), Joel Romelo (Bulldogs) and Dane Nielsen (Warriors).
More than 40,000 Rugby League fans have had their say via two online voting stages to select a representative from each of the 16 NRL Clubs in the 20-man NRL All Stars squad, while fans could choose from all of Rugby League’s best Indigenous talent for Daley’s Indigenous All Stars.
Following the closing of the public online voting on Monday, Bennett was able to select two extra players alongside automatic selections Benji Marshall (New Zealand captain) and Cameron Smith (Australian captain); while Daley could pick three extra players in addition to automatic selection (as captain) Thurston.
Bennett’s other ‘coach’s selection’ is the Storm’s Cooper Cronk, while Daley also chose Wighton and Nielsen.
Daley said: “We certainly have some strike-power in our team and when you look at the calibre of players we have, I think fans will be excited at the style of footy we will play.
“The NRL All Stars is a formidable side with big, powerful, class players in key positions, but I know how determined our team is to perform well and I think we have a squad capable of achieving something special.”
Bennett said the public had selected him a balanced side that would be capable of playing the exciting brand of football that had become synonymous with the All Stars game.
“There is no doubt the fans will be in for an entertaining game with the great mix of talented and exciting backs and powerful forwards in both teams, as well as the blend of experience and youth,” Bennett said.
“Just as important as the game though is the whole week of All Stars activities and community events and I commend the players for their ongoing commitment to the All Stars concept which continues to help make a real difference to the lives of many Australians.”
The 2013 NRL All Stars team is:
1) Billy Slater* (Storm)
2) Akuila Uate (Knights)
3) Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters)
4) Josh Morris (Bulldogs)
5) Brett Morris (Dragons)
6) Benji Marshall (c) (Tigers)
7) Adam Reynolds* (Rabbitohs)
8) James Tamou* (Cowboys)
9) Cameron Smith (Storm)
10) Ben Hannant (Broncos)
11) David Taylor (Titans)
12) Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)
13) Paul Gallen (Sharks)
14) Robbie Farah (Tigers)
15) Tim Grant* (Panthers)
16) David Shillington (Raiders)
17) Feleti Mateo (Warriors)
18) Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
19) Willie Mason* (Knights)
20) Cooper Cronk (Storm)
Coach - Wayne Bennett (Knights)
The 2013 Learn Earn Legend! Indigenous All Stars team is:
1) Ben Barba (Bulldogs)
2) Reece Robinson* (Raiders)
3) Justin Hodges (Broncos)
4) Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)
5) Blake Ferguson (Raiders)
6) Johnathan Thurston (c) (Cowboys)
7) Scott Prince (Broncos)
8) George Rose (Sea Eagles)
9) Travis Waddell (Not contracted)
10) Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
11) Joel Thompson (Raiders)
12) Greg Bird (Titans)
13) Nathan Peats (Rabbitohs)
14) Ryan James (Titans)
15) Aidan Sezer* (Titans)
16) Joel Romelo* (Bulldogs)
17) Jake Foster* (Raiders)
18) Dane Nielsen* (Warriors)
19) Timana Tahu* (Knights)
20) Jack Wighton* (Raiders)
Coach - Laurie Daley
* Indicates All Stars debutant
2010 - Indigenous All Stars 16 def NRL All Stars 12
2011 - NRL All Stars 28 def Indigenous All Stars 12
2012 - NRL All Stars 36 def Indigenous All Stars 28