Reynolds Currently in All Stars Top Ten Voting
Thursday 15 November 2012 12:58 PM
Rabbitohs number seven Adam Reynolds is currently the top ranked halfback in voting for the NRL All Stars which is taking place on www.nrl.com/allstars right now.
Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne leads the voting ahead of Akuila Uate, Brett Morris, James Tamou and Billy Slater, with Reynolds currently sitting in seventh spot.
Cowboys enforcer Tamou was surprised when told he was in the top five of voting for the NRL All Stars team to be coached by Wayne Bennett.
“It’s very flattering to have so much support,” Tamou said.
“It’s a game I’d love to play in and I haven’t had the chance to yet.
"When I’ve watched it, I’ve been pretty envious.
“The All Stars game has become a big part of our season and to be recognised as being good enough to be part of the NRL All Stars team would be a huge honour.
“Just having another chance to play alongside the high-profile players in the game, and spend time with them in camp, would be a buzz.”
Reynolds’ breakout debut season has also earned the attention of Members and fans, with the 22-year-old South Sydney junior comfortably near the top of the voting – surprisingly ahead of Kangaroos and Queensland half, Cronk.
The 2012 rookie of the year helped guide South Sydney to the NRL finals in his debut season and was unfortunately injured during an exhilarating Preliminary Final against the Bulldogs in front of more than 70,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.
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FuiFui MoiMoi’s cult following has also ensured he is at the top of voting, despite Parramatta’s disappointing season in 2012.
While the Eels finished with the wooden spoon, the popularity of the big forward has not waned with fans.
Brett Morris has bragging rights over his twin-brother Josh, but both are proving popular and are in the top 10 of voting.
The first stage of voting for the NRL All Stars team, which includes fans picking two forwards and two backs from each club finishes on 26 November.
The second phase will begin on 10 December and will require fans to trim down the list of 64 players to just 16, with coach Wayne Bennett to handpick two players to go along with Australian captain Cam Smith and New Zealand captain Benji Marshall who are automatic selections in the squad.
The Indigenous All Stars side voting will also start on 10 December, with coach Laurie Daley able to select three players to add to the squad picked by the fans.
Last year South Sydney players Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt and Nathan Peats all featured in the Indigenous All Stars side.
Voting closes 14 January, with the teams to both be named on 16 January.
The top ten players in NRL All Stars voting are:
1) Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
2) Akuila Uate (Knights)
3) Brett Morris (Dragons)
4) James Tamou (Cowboys)
5) Billy Slater (Storm)
6) Fuifui Moimoi (Eels)
7) Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs)
8) Josh Morris (Bulldogs)
9) Michael Jennings (Panthers)
10) Cooper Cronk (Storm)