Rabbitohs fullback, Greg Inglis, is locked in a thrilling 2015 Indigenous All Stars voting battle with Johnathan Thurston, with just 20 votes separating the two to become the game’s most popular Indigenous player.
Despite the thrilling race, Inglis – a two-time Indigenous All-Star – encouraged fans not to forget the game’s young up-and-coming players when voting, such Souths teammates Alex Johnston and Kyle Turner.
“There is something magical about being chosen to be an Indigenous All Stars team member,” said Inglis.
“All Stars is not just about the footy, but how we act as a group, learning from each other and sharing stories.
“The week is a great experience for all Indigenous players and I really encourage fans to have a look at some of the younger boys like Alex Johnston and Kyle Turner so they too can be part of the squad.”
To date, 11,000 people have played the role of ‘team selector’ for the Laurie Daley-coached side, determined to retain the Arthur Beetson Trophy following their 2013 win at Suncorp Stadium.
With voting closing at 11:59pm (AEDT) tomorrow (Friday 9 January ), fans have just over one day left to have their say in the NRL All Stars side at www.nrl.com/allstars
The final team for the third annual Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars will be announced on Monday 19 January.
Overview of NRL Indigenous All Stars voting:
• The first player to be chosen in the NRL All Stars team will be the player who scores the highest number of overall votes in a position.
• If a player withdraws from the team due to injury, he will be replaced by someone from the bench.
• The open bench spot will then be replaced by someone from the injured player’s club, with the new player having recorded the second highest number of votes from that club, either as a forward, back or utility,
depending on the position needed for the bench.
The 2015 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars will be held at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday, 13 February with tickets available through ticketek.com.au/allstars
The Indigenous All Stars team is proudly sponsored by Crown Resorts Foundation.
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 36
2013 – Indigenous All Stars 32 def NRL All Stars 6