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Indigenous All Star squad talent-laden

30/10/2009 05:08:40 PM Comments (0)

The NRL Indigenous All Stars squad is looking so strong, five State of Origin representatives are struggling to make the cut.

The side selected by fans has begun taking shape with NRL stars Greg Inglis, Jonathan Thurston, Scott Prince and Sam Thaiday leading the voting race.

As it stands, the team boasts seven internationals, 10 Origin representatives, two Dally M medallists, eight premierships rings and two Clive Churchill medallists.

The competition for spots is so tight, players such as dual international Timana Tahu and Origin stars Willie Tonga, Ty Williams, Rhys Wesser and Shannon Hegarty can't get a look in.

So far more than 8,000 fans have voted for their preferred side with thousands more expected to make their team selection before voting closes on November 15.

The top 16 players will then join Indigenous All Star captain Preston Campbell and three other players appointed by coach Neil Henry and the ARL Indigenous Council in making up the 20-man side.

Voting for the NRL All Stars side will get underway in January with Kangaroos Skipper Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith, New Zealand captain Benji Marshall and Adam Blair automatic selections.

The squad as it stands: Matthew Bowen, Wendell Sailor, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Scott Prince, Johnathan Thurston, Carl Webb, PJ Marsh, George Rose, Sam Thaiday, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Cory Paterson. Reserves: Daine Laurie, Jamie Soward, Jamal Idris.

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