The game’s finest Indigenous players will clash with a new World All Stars team following a revamp of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars concept, and Newcastle Knight Dane Gagai wants to be a part of it.
The explosive centre experienced the thrill and pride of wearing the Indigenous All Stars jersey for the first time in 2015 and is excited about the new World All Stars concept in 2016.
The World All Stars team will feature a minimum of four players each from Australia, New Zealand and England, while the remaining players will be made up from other nations - Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, PNG and France (if available).
Rugby league fans are invited to become official selectors and pick their Indigenous All Stars team, which will take on the newly-termed World All Stars at Suncorp Stadium on February 13.
Online public voting for the Indigenous All Stars team is underway, with voting open until Sunday December 6 for fans to help select a 20-man squad.
“It’s going to be good to see what happens and who gets picked,” Gagai said on Friday.
“It’s good for the game and gives other rugby league players the opportunity to showcase their skills.
“Playing in it last year was an awesome experience, especially playing alongside Johnathan Thurston, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis and those types of players.
“It was a great experience and I came back from the Indigenous All Stars a lot more confident and felt like I learned a lot from just being there.
“I’m hoping to get picked again this year.”
The 16 players with the highest number of public votes will be selected in the Indigenous All Stars squad. Laurie Daley will then be given four “coach’s picks”.
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