Tim Grant to debut in NRL All Stars side
Wednesday 16 January 2013 3:13 PM
Following his hard-hitting debut in the NSW State of Origin side in 2012, Tim Grant has once again been recognised for his power in the forward pack, selected by NRL All Stars coach Wayne Bennett to debut in his side for the clash against the Indigenous All Stars on February 9.
TG will make his debut alongside Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), James Tamou (Cowboys), Billy Slater (Storm) and Willie Mason (Knights), while Timana Tahu was chosen by Laurie Daley for his Indigenous All Stars side featuring seven newcomers. The others are Raiders’ trio Reece Robinson, Jake Foster and Jack Wighton, Aidan Sezer (Titans), Joel Romelo (Bulldogs) and Dane Nielsen (Warriors).
Indigenous All Stars captain Johnathan Thurston and Broncos NRL All Stars selection Ben Hannant joined Bennett and Daley in Brisbane today for the announcement of both squads for the fourth annual Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match to be played at Suncorp Stadium for the first time.
More than 40,000 Rugby League fans have had their say via two online voting stages to select a representative from each of the 16 NRL Clubs in the 20-man NRL All Stars squad, while fans could choose from all of Rugby League’s best Indigenous talent for Daley’s Indigenous All Stars.
Following the closing of the public online voting on Monday, Bennett was able to select two extra players alongside automatic selections Benji Marshall (New Zealand captain) and Cameron Smith (Australian captain); while Daley could pick three extra players in addition to automatic selection (as captain) Thurston.
Bennett’s other ‘coach’s selection’ is the Storm’s Cooper Cronk, while Daley also chose Wighton and Nielsen.
Daley said: “We certainly have some strike-power in our team and when you look at the calibre of players we have, I think fans will be excited at the style of footy we will play.
“The NRL All Stars is a formidable side with big, powerful, class players in key positions, but I know how determined our team is to perform well and I think we have a squad capable of achieving something special.”
Bennett said the public had selected him a balanced side that would be capable of playing the exciting brand of football that had become synonymous with the All Stars game.
“There is no doubt the fans will be in for an entertaining game with the great mix of talented and exciting backs and powerful forwards in both teams, as well as the blend of experience and youth,” Bennett said.
“Just as important as the game though is the whole week of All Stars activities and community events and I commend the players for their ongoing commitment to the All Stars concept which continues to help make a real difference to the lives of many Australians.”
The 2013 NRL All Stars team is:
Player (*All Stars debutants) Club
1. Billy Slater* Storm
2. Akuila Uate Knights
3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall Roosters
4. Josh Morris Bulldogs
5. Brett Morris Dragons
6. Benji Marshall (c) (automatic selection) Wests Tigers
7. Adam Reynolds* Rabbitohs
8. James Tamou* Cowboys
9. Cameron Smith (automatic selection) Storm
10. Ben Hannant Broncos
11. David Taylor Titans
12. Anthony Watmough Sea Eagles
13. Paul Gallen Sharks
14. Robbie Farah Wests Tigers
15. Tim Grant* Panthers
16. David Shillington Raiders
17. Feleti Mateo Warriors
18. Jarryd Hayne Eels
19. Willie Mason* Knights
20. Cooper Cronk Storm
The 2013 Learn Earn Legend! Indigenous All Stars team is:
Player (*All Stars debutants) Club
1. Ben Barba Bulldogs
2. Reece Robinson* Raiders
3. Justin Hodges Broncos
4. Greg Inglis Rabbitohs
5. Blake Ferguson Raiders
6. Johnathan Thurston (c) Cowboys
7. Scott Prince Broncos
8. George Rose Sea Eagles
9. Travis Waddell Not contracted
10. Andrew Fifita Sharks
11. Joel Thompson Raiders
12. Greg Bird Titans
13. Nathan Peats Rabbitohs
14. Ryan James Titans
15. Aidan Sezer* Titans
16. Joel Romelo* Bulldogs
17. Jake Foster* Raiders
18. Dane Nielsen* Warriors
19. Timana Tahu* Knights
20. Jack Wighton* Raiders