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Indigenous and Māori All Stars name teams for NRL season curtain raiser

Jarred Cross -

Teams have been announced for next Friday's Indigenous and Māori All Stars fixtures in Townsville with Dally M Medallists, Origin representatives and emerging stars of the men's and women's competition set to feature.

Nicho Hynes, Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell, Kotoni Staggs, Cody Walker and Hamiso Tabui-Fidow lead the Indigenous All Stars mens lineup.

For Tabui Fidow, it's a return to his hometown and the Indigenous side after missing 2023's match after further establishing himself as one of the game's elite attacking players with Queensland and through the Dolphins' debut NRL campaign.

Reigning NRLW Dally M medallist, Tamika Upton similarly returns for her second Indigenous All Stars game after not travelling to Rotorua last year.

Upton starred at fullback towards back-to-back premierships with Newcastle under men's Indigenous all stars coach Ben Jeffries.

Shaylee Bent, Taliah Fuimaono, Tallisha Harden and Jaime Chapman join her in the side.

2023 men's Dally M Medallist Kalyn Ponga ruled himself out of playing for the Māori All Stars alongside Ken Bromwich, Dylan Walker, Brandon Smith, Jahrome Hughs and Gagai brothers Jacob and Dane.

Dane Gagai has featured in either side, playing three matches for the Indigenous All Stars before first pulling on the Māori jumper in 2019.

Kennedy Cherrington, Shannon Mato, Jasmin Strange and Zali Fay have all been named in the Māori women's side.

Indigenous All Stars (Men)

Coach: Ronald Griffiths

Josh Addo-Carr, Jacob Alick, Bailey Biondi-Odo, Bailey Butler, Josh Curran, Adam Elliott, Jordan Grant, J'maine Hopgood, Nicho Hynes, Josh Kerr, Alofiana Khan-Pereira, Latrell Mitchell, Shaquai Mitchell, Kierran Moseley, Hohepa Puru, Kotoni Staggs, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Isaiah Tass, Braydon Trindall, Cody Walker

Indigenous All Stars (Women)

Coach: Jess Skinner

Shaylee Bent, Jaime Chapman, Kirra Dibb, Quincy Dodd, Monique Donovan, Taliah Fuimaono, Tallisha Harden, Kimberley Hunt, Keilee Joseph, Tommaya Kelly-Sines, Grace Kemp, Olivia Kernick, Bobbi Law, Mahalia Murphy, Jasmine Peters, Taneka Todhunter, Tamika Upton, Janelle Williams

Māori All Stars (Men)

Coach: Adam Blair

Jessie Arthars, Kenny Bromwich, Dane Gagai, Jacob Gagai, Jack Howarth, Jahrome Hughes, Royce Hunt, Te Maire Martin, Trey Mooney, Briton Nikora, Kodi Nikorima, Adam Pompey, Joseph Tapine, Jazz Tevaga, Leo Thompson, Matthew Timoko, Brandon Smith, Dylan Walker, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Xavier Willison

Māori All Stars (Women)

Coach: Keith Hanley

Brooke Anderson, Corban Baxter, Annessa Biddle, Destiny Brill, Kennedy Cherrington, Zali Fay, Mya Hill-Moana, Shannon Mato, Kerehitina Matua, Raecene McGregor, Shanice Parker, Rima Pirini Butler, Ashleigh Quinlan, Tiana Raftstrand-Smith, Jasmin Strange, Chante Temara, Zahara Temara, Botille Vette-Welsh

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