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Sailor set for switch to Dellavision

By Laine Clark 10/02/2010 08:53:26 PM Comments (0)

He may be preparing for his final rugby league game, but whether you like it or not, the last has not been seen of Wendell Sailor.

Not by a long shot.

The extrovert winger gleefully took centre stage at the official Indigenous All Stars lunch ahead of Saturday night's Skilled Park match.

The clash with the NRL All Stars on the Gold Coast will mark his swansong on the field but Sailor predictably didn't waste time detailing just what he will up to after it.

Perhaps the most ominous news was Sailor's claim that he would be appearing on "Dellavision".

Sailor got a taste of TV via Channel Nine's The Footy Show in his final year with the Dragons - and, as expected, it more than agreed with him.

"It is my last game, I promise you - I am going to be on Dellavision a fair bit after this," Sailor told a packed room at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.

But clearly that was not Sailor's sole priority.

The dual international's chest puffed out as he was named as an ambassador for the new $4.5 million Achieving Results Through indigenous Education (ARTIE) program launched in Brisbane on Wednesday.

ARTIE, funded by the federal government and named after rugby league great Artie Beetson, will involve 170 Queensland former State of Origin players mentoring indigenous students in south-east Queensland schools.

Sailor will also be heavily involved in Rugby League's One Community program.

But first there is the small matter of bowing out of rugby league in the much hyped All Stars clash.

"It is one of the proudest moments I have had," Sailor said of his Indigenous All Stars selection.

"I know this is not about me, for once, but to finish off like this is awesome.

"That's why I am still in good shape - but I don't know how I will be in a couple of months."

Asked about tactics for the match, Sailor quipped: "I am just a winger mate, I haven't been briefed on that.

"All I will be doing is standing on the wing, saying goodbye."

Indigenous All Stars captain Preston Campbell admitted his main fear was "doing justice" to the war dance ahead of the match - before quipping that Sailor was trying to incorporate the moon walk into the routine.

Clearly Sailor was the crowd favourite, even getting away with giving Sport Minister Kate Ellis a peck on the cheek after she presented him with his Indigenous All Stars jersey.

But he didn't have it all his own way at the entertaining lunch.

Asked about his selection, halfback Scott Prince said: "It has made me look a lot more at my past, where I am from."

Then Prince - an unlucky Queensland Origin omission of late - added: "But I also made sure Cooper Cronk was not Aboriginal as well."

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