Simon Mannering (left) and Roger Tuiivasa-Sheck (right) were in tandem mixing and mingling at the members' Christmas party on Sunday and now they've both been named in the World All Stars team. Image | www.photosport.nz

Pair named in World All Stars

Vodafone Warriors captain Simon Mannering and new signing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck have both been selected by coach Wayne Bennett in the World All Stars team to take on the Indigenous All Stars at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on February 13 next year.

Tuivasa-Sheck is named at fullback and Mannering in the second row in a star-studded line-up which also includes Sam Burgess, Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen, Martin Taupau, Robbie Farah and more for the NRL Harvey Norman All Stars match.

Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley and World All Stars coach Wayne Bennett named their teams in Brisbane today, with both expecting the match to be one of the best in the six years of the match.

Sam Burgess (World All Stars) and James Roberts (Indigenous All Stars) have been included in their respective squads, subject to finalising NRL contracts before the match is played.

Daley said his team would again be headed by Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis but would also include emerging stars including Chris Grevsmuhl and Jack Wighton.

“This is such a special game for our players,” Daley said.

“We have picked a strong side full of players who have represented at the highest level for years.

“And it never hurts to have the Dally M Player of the year and Grand Final hero as your captain!”

Bennett was also full of praise for his side.

“The extended option to pick a World All Stars team means our fans will get the chance to see two high quality teams in the 2016 event,” Bennett said.

“It is a new challenge for these guys to be playing alongside each other rather than against and one that I am sure they will relish.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match reinforced Queensland’s position as host to Australia’s best live events in the best destinations.

“It is a great time for the fans to see both teams taking shape, and to get excited about the game in February next year,” Jones said.

“The new World All Stars concept is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and has created an exciting energy around the match, with tens of thousands of supporters expected to crowd Suncorp Stadium when their rugby league heroes take to the field.

“Major events such as this are vital to Brisbane’s tourism industry, which generates $6.3 billion to the local economy and supports almost 65,000 jobs.”

Chair of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, Linda Burney, joined Minister Jones in support of the match.

“This match is a significant highlight on the rugby league calendar and I have no doubt that we will see plenty of support and good will for both teams,” Burney said.

 Tickets are on sale now at www.nrl.com/tickets, with prices starting at $20 for an adult and $50 for a family pass.

For all the details on the week-long celebration and match, head to www.nrl.com/allstars.

Both teams will be in Brisbane in the week leading up to the match, with a range of community activities planned, including an Indigenous Youth Summit and open fan sessions to meet players.

 

INDIGENOUS ALL STARS

1 GREG INGLIS

2 ALEX JOHNSTON

3 WILL CHAMBERS

4 BLAKE FERGUSON

5 DANE GAGAI

6 BEN BARBA

7 JOHNATHAN THURSTON (c)

8 RYAN JAMES

9 NATHAN PEATS

10 SAM THAIDAY

11 GREG BIRD

12 JOEL THOMPSON

13 CHRIS GREVSMUHL

Interchange:

14 ANDREW FIFITA

15 WADE GRAHAM

16 TYRONE PEACHEY

17 JAMES ROBERTS

18 TYRONE ROBERTS

19 RAY THOMPSON

20 JACK WIGHTON

COACH: LAURIE DALEY

 

WORLD ALL STARS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

2 SEMI RADRADRA

3 JARROD CROKER

4 JOSH MORRIS

5 ANTONIO WINTERSTEIN

6 GARETH WIDDOP

7 TRENT HODKINSON

8 JAMES GRAHAM

9 CAMERON SMITH (c)

10 PAUL GALLEN

11 TYSON FRIZELL

12 SIMON MANNERING

13 SAM BURGESS

Interchange:

14 TOM BURGESS

15 KANE EVANS

16 ROBBIE FARAH

17 LACHLAN MARANTA

18 NENE MCDONALD

19 TRENT MERRIN

20 MARTIN TAUPAU

COACH: WAYNE BENNETT