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Sharks hooker Michael Ennis has been forced to withdraw from the NRL All Stars squad for the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match scheduled for Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast Friday, February 13.

Ennis has a minor calf strain but as Sharks coach Shane Flanagan explains, his new number nine should be back on deck well in advance of his teams round one match against the Raiders.

“Michael is disappointed, he really wanted to be a part of the All Stars, but he just won’t be right to go next weekend,” Flanagan said. “The injury isn’t a major one and we hope to have him available for our last trial against the Tigers but if not, he will be fit come round one.”

Ennis is to be replaced by Warriors hooker Nathan Friend, with Parramatta's Joseph Paulo a late call up to the All Stars team ahead of the game next Friday night.

Paulo replaces his Parramatta teammate Will Hopoate.

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen will take his place in the All Stars side, bringing him into opposition with new club mate Ben Barba who is set to take the field for the Indigenous team.

Tickets are available for the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars at

The NRL All Stars team to play the Indigenous All Stars

1              Matt Moylan      Panthers

2              Manu Vatuvei   Warriors

3              Jarrod Croker     Raiders

4              Dylan Walker     Rabbitohs

5              Antonio Winterstein       Cowboys

6              Kieran Foran      Sea Eagles

7              Mitchell Pearce Roosters

8              James Graham  Bulldogs

9              Nathan Friend   Warriors

10           Jarred Waerea-Hargreaves          Roosters

11           Beau Scott  (c)   Knights

12           Jason Taumalolo               Cowboys

13           Paul Gallen        Sharks

14           Jesse Bromwich                Storm

15           Luke Brooks       Tigers

16           Joseph Paulo     Eels

17           Trent Merrin      Dragons

18           Corey Parker      Broncos

19           Jeremy Smith    Knights

20           Dave Taylor        Titans


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