Don't forget voting for All Stars
Sunday 30 December 2012 11:34 AM
Rugby league fans have just over two weeks left to get their votes in for the 2013 NRL All Stars and Indigenous All Stars teams to face off at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on February 9.
It’s the fourth edition of the now-established annual match and the first played away from Robina’s Skilled Park.
Konrad Hurrell, Shaun Johnson, Feleti Mateo and Ben Matulino are vying for the Vodafone Warriors’ spot in the All Stars.
Early leaders in the public voting were Greg Inglis and Greg Bird for the Indigenous All Stars and Jarryd Hayne and James Tamou for the NRL All Stars.
Fans register their selections at CLICK HERE ahead of voting closing on January 14 for the 16 prized public-chosen spots in the 20-man squads for both teams.
With only one player from each club eligible for Wayne Bennett’s NRL All Stars, Billy Slater’s All Stars debut hopes rest heavily with his Storm, Queensland and Australian team-mate Cooper Cronk, who is locked in a tight battle with the Rabbitohs’ Adam Reynolds for halfback. Because Slater has more votes overall than Cronk, he currently has the edge for the one Storm spot chosen by the public.
While Slater led the early voting for fullback, Eels star fullback Jarryd Hayne was the most popular NRL All Stars player overall (his votes were spread across the fullback, wing, centre and bench positions). Less than 200 votes separated Hayne from Tamou (Cowboys), Brett Morris (Dragons) and Paul Gallen (Sharks).
Likewise, voting for the Indigenous All Stars was also very tight, with just 40 votes separating Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs), Greg Bird (Titans) and Ben Barba (Bulldogs).
Fans can choose from all of rugby league’s best Indigenous talent for Laurie Daley’s Indigenous All
Following the closing of the public online voting on January 14, the final squads will be announced in Brisbane on January 16.
Both coaches will be able to select additional bench players to complement the 16-man teams chosen by the public to make up a 20-man squad, with Bennett able to select two extras alongside automatic selections Benji Marshall (New Zealand captain) and Cameron Smith (Australian captain).
Daley will pick three extra players in addition to automatic selection and Indigenous All Stars captain Johnathan Thurston and the 16 public selections.