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Preview: NZ Maori All Stars v Indigenous All Stars

Preview: NZ Maori All Stars v Indigenous All Stars
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Take the core of the New Zealand Kiwis team, sprinkle in a couple of State of Origin stars, and you get an impressive looking Maori side who have attacking threats all over the park. (Photo: NZ Maori Rugby League).

For players young and old, Friday night’s clash in Melbourne promises to be an amazing experience.

Australian Indigenous All-Stars v New Zealand Maori All Stars – AAMI Park, 10.00pm NZT

New Zealand Maori All Stars

1. Peta Hiku (Warriors), 2. Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs), 3. Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers), 4. Dean Whare (Panthers), 5. Jordan Kahu (Broncos), 6. Kalyn Ponga (Knights), 7. Jahrome Hughes (Storm), 8. Jesse Bromwich (Storm), 9. Brandon Smith (Storm), 10. James Tamou (Panthers), 11. Kevin Proctor (Titans), 12. Tohu Harris (Warriors), 13. Adam Blair (captain – Warriors). Interchange: 14. Danny Levi (Knights), 15. Brad Takairangi (Eels), 16. James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), 17. Gerard Beale (Warriors), 18. Corey Harawira-Naera (Bulldogs), 19. Joseph Tapine (Raiders), 20. Kenny Bromwich (Cowboys)

Indigenous All Stars

1. Bevan French (Eels), 2. Blake Ferguson (Eels), 3. James Roberts (Broncos), 4. Latrell Mitchell (Roosters), 5. Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), 6. Cody Walker (captain – Rabbitohs), 7. Tyrone Roberts (Titans), 8. Andrew Fifita (Sharks), 9. Nathan Peats (Titans), 10. Josh Kerr (Dragons), 11. David Fifita (Broncos), 12. Adam Elliott (Bulldogs), 13. Tyrone Peachey (Titans). Interchange: 14. Will Chambers (Storm), 15. Leilani Latu (Titans), 16. Chris Smith (Bulldogs), 17. Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs), 18. Jesse Ramien (Knights), 19. Tyrell Fuimaono (Panthers), 20. Kotoni Staggs (Broncos).

Key player: It’s a huge game for Kalyn Ponga, who has his first chance to show he can handle the switch from fullback to the halves, ahead of the NRL campaign kicking off. There’s no doubting his brilliance on the ball – he’s arguably the most naturally gifted athlete in the game – but how will he handle the extra defensive workload that comes with life in the frontline?

How to watch: SKY Sport 2 – 9.00pm.