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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 Leagues best Indigenous talent for Daleys Indigenous All Stars.

Congratulations to Bulldogs players Ben Barba (Indigenous), Josh Morris (NRL) and Joel Romelo (Indigenous) on selection for the match.

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.

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 UateKnights

3.Shaun Kenny-DowallRoosters

4.Josh MorrisBulldogs

5.Brett MorrisDragons

6.Benji Marshall (c) (automatic selection)Wests Tigers

7.Adam Reynolds*Rabbitohs

8.James Tamou*Cowboys

9.Cameron Smith (automatic selection)Storm

10. Ben HannantBroncos

11.David TaylorTitans

12.Anthony WatmoughSea Eagles

13.Paul GallenSharks


14.Robbie FarahWests Tigers

15.Tim Grant*Panthers

16.David ShillingtonRaiders

17.Feleti MateoWarriors

18.Jarryd HayneEels

Coachs Selections

19.Willie Mason*Knights

20.Cooper CronkStorm

The 2013 Learn Earn Legend! Indigenous All Stars team is:

Player (*All Stars debutants)Club

1.Ben BarbaBulldogs

2.Reece Robinson*Raiders

3.Justin HodgesBroncos

4.Greg InglisRabbitohs

5.Blake FergusonRaiders

6.Johnathan Thurston (c)Cowboys

7.Scott PrinceBroncos

8.George RoseSea Eagles

9.Travis WaddellNot contracted

10.Andrew FifitaSharks

11.Joel ThompsonRaiders

12.Greg BirdTitans

13.Nathan PeatsRabbitohs


14.Ryan JamesTitans

15.Aidan Sezer*Titans

16.Joel Romelo*Bulldogs

17.Jake Foster*Raiders

Coachs Selections

18.Dane Nielsen*Warriors

19.Timana Tahu*Knights

20.Jack Wighton*Raiders

The Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, the Hon. Jann Stuckey MP, extended her congratulations to the players on their selection today and welcomed the event to the States capital for the first time.

The votes are in and with such talented athletes on both sides, the 2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match at Suncorp Stadium is an event not to be missed by fans, Ms Stuckey said.

Broadcast to an estimated 1.5 million people, the fourth annual 2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars will showcase our States capital as a premier holiday and event destination.

The Newman Government recognises the important role events play in delivering economic and social benefits to the communities in which they are held and we are proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland.
Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.