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Hodges out for All Stars game

Wayne Heming 15/11/2010 06:27:08 PM Comments (0)

Justin Hodges will not risk returning from injury in the All Stars clash in February but Greg Inglis could make his debut after pulling out of the Indigenous side this year.

Chosen by the rugby league public, the Indigenous All Stars side will be announced in Brisbane on Tuesday by NRL boss David Gallop, ARL Indigenous Council Chairman, William `Smiley' Johnstone and coach Laurie Daley.

It's understood Inglis and Hodges polled enough votes to make Daley's team but Brisbane notified organisers Hodges would not be available as he continues his recovery from an an Achilles injury.

Inglis, returning from off-season shoulder surgery, pulled out of this year's inaugural clash in February when the Indigenous All Stars beat Wayne Bennett's NRL All Stars 16-12 at Skilled Park.

He made a brief appearance at training for his new NRL club South Sydney on Monday, but it's uncertain if he'll be cleared to make his debut for the Indigenous side in February.

Organisers will be hoping he plays in order to attract a bigger turnout than the 26,000 for this year's clash.

"I just hope the football gods let him," Johnstone said.

"He's only just signed with Souths but we haven't heard anything to say they won't let him play.

"I'm sure Richo (South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson) would be aware he'd be a potential All Star starter."

Johnstone said the concept was exciting for players who normally would not get a chance to play representative football at that level.

"There'll be a few surprises for sure," he said.

Gold Coast fullback Preston Campbell, one of those behind the All Stars concept, will again captain the Indigenous side.

The public have selected 16 players with Daley to have the final say on the last three members of his 19-man squad.

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