Fifita primed for All Stars clash

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is confident the change in concept is set to bring a whole new level of excitement to the All Stars match on February 15.

This year to feature Australian Indigenous and New Zealand Maori, Fifita explained the game will be more than just a pre-season exhibition match with players proudly representing their cultures and heritage.

“They’re playing for their country and their Indigenous people and we’re playing for our country and our indigenous people,” Fifita told The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. “It’s two solid teams that are going to go head to head. I can’t wait.”

With fan voting coming to an end and the teams now revealed, Fifita will be a part of an Australian Indigenous side for which he has been a regular fixture over recent years.  

Fifita is set to lead a strong Australian Indigenous forward pack, with a quality supporting cast of exciting backline stars to join him.

Ben Barba, Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts, Blake Ferguson and Josh Addo-Carr will add plenty of speed in what is a formidable Australian Indigenous line up.

“You see the quality players New Zealand have and to have their Indigenous players against our Indigenous players, its going to be a quality match,” he added in the Leader interview.

The Australian indigenous All Stars take on the New Zealand Maori side at AAMI Park in Melbourne on February 15.

The match will be part of a double header, with a women’s game to be contested and the Maori Haka and indigenous War Cry to fire up the crowd and kick start proceedings.

The Sharks will show the All Stars match on the big screen on field as a part of a special charity Shark Park Sleep Out to be held on the main stadium field at Shark Park.

Go to the following link to find out more and to be a part of the crowd at the charity Shark Park Sleep Out – CLICK HERE. 

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See final team lists below.

Australian Indigenous All Stars

Ben Barba            North Queensland Cowboys

Blake Ferguson   Parramatta Eels

Latrell Mitchell   Sydney Roosters

James Roberts   Brisbane Broncos

Josh Addo-Carr   Melbourne Storm

Cody Walker       South Sydney Rabbitohs

Tyrone Roberts   Gold Coast Titans

Andrew Fifita     Cronulla Sharks

Nathan Peats     Gold Coast Titans

Ryan James*      Gold Coast Titans

David Fifita          Brisbane Broncos

Adam Elliott        Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Tyrone Peachey  Gold Coast Titans

                 

Will Chambers    Melbourne Storm

Leilani Latu         Gold Coast Titans

Chris Smith         Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Alex Johnston    South Sydney Rabbitohs

Jesse Ramien     Newcastle Knights

Tyrell Fuimaono      Penrith Panthers

Kotoni Staggs     Brisbane Broncos

(*injured with a replacement to be named)

 

New Zealand Maori’s

Peta Hiku             New Zealand Warriors

Dane Gagai         South Sydney Rabbitohs

Esan Marsters   Wests Tigers

Dean Whare       Penrith Panthers

Jordan Kahu       Brisbane Broncos

Kalyn Ponga       Newcastle Knights

Jahrome Hughes      Melbourne Storm

Jesse Bromwich       Melbourne Storm

Brandon Smith     Melbourne Storm

Jordan McLean    North Queensland Cowboys

Kevin Proctor      Gold Coast Titans

Tohu Harris         New Zealand Warriors

Adam Blair          New Zealand Warriors

                 

Danny Levi          Newcastle Knights

Brad Takairangi   Parramatta Eels

James Fisher-Harris     Penrith Panthers

James Tamou     Penrith Panthers

Gerard Beale      New Zealand Warriors

Corey Harawira-Naera    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Joseph Tapine    Canberra Raiders