Brown supports All Stars despite injury risk

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January 29

BROWN SUPPORTS ALL STARS


With more nib Newcastle Knights players under consideration for the All Stars squads than ever before, coach Nathan Brown says he will not stand in the way of any player wishing to take part in the game but will have "my fingers crossed" they pull through without injury.

The Indigenous All Stars face the Maori All Stars on February 15 at AAMI Park with six Knights players nominated to play.

The public decides each team and closes on Wednesday.

Jesse Ramien, Connor Watson and Edrick Lee are nominated for the Indigenous side, while Kalyn Ponga, Danny Levi and Shaun Kenny-Dowall are up for possible Maori selection.


With big names likely to feature in the match, the risk of injury is a reality for every club.

But Brown says players can be injured at any time in the pre-season and that the contest is more than a game to the players.

"When you talk about the Aboriginal culture and the Maori culture, it is very important to a lot of these guys," Brown told the Newcastle Herald.

"The key for me is where they are physically and whether they want to be a part of it. If they are in good shape and are keen to take part, there is no way we would stand in anyone's way."

Brown sees that the fact that so many of his players are up for selection in this higher level is nothing but a positive sign for his side as a whole.


"From the club's point of view, we are just happy now we have players good enough who can be selected in these teams," he said.

"When we started here [at the Knights], there wasn't any of our players involved in the rep stuff. The fact we have players who are now being strongly considered for these sorts of games shows we are moving in the right direction.

"They're the types of players you need at your club to be successful and perform at the level you want to.

"The reality is players can get hurt in any game and I'll have my fingers crossed with every other coach that they get though unscathed."