The St George Illawarra Dragons have four players eligible for voting selection in the Indigenous All Stars squad for the annual All Stars fixture at Cbus Stadium, Gold Coast on Friday, February 13.
Red V Members and supporters have the opportunity to select Joel Thompson, George Rose, Dylan Farrell, and Dane Nielsen in the 20-man squad with voting open until Friday, January 9 (11.59PM AEDT).
Dragons second-rower Joel Thompson is a four-time Indigenous All-Star (2010-13) and can be selected in the back-row as well as in the centres or as lock-forward.
Likewise, new Dragons prop George Rose is also a four-time Indigenous All-Star (2010-13) can be selected in the front-row.
Dragons new centre Dane Nielsen is one-time Indigenous All-Star (2010) can be selected play as the three-quarter or on the wing.
Fellow Dragons centre Dylan Farrell is available to make his Indigenous All-Star debut and can likewise be selected as the three-quarter or on the wing.
To date, 11,000 people have played the role of ‘team selector’ for the squad, which presently hold the Arthur Beetson Trophy following their 32-6 win over the NRL All-Stars at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane in 2013.
Overview of NRL Indigenous All Stars voting:
• The first player to be chosen in the NRL All Stars team will be the player who scores the highest number of overall votes in a position.
• If a player withdraws from the team due to injury, he will be replaced by someone from the bench.
• The open bench spot will then be replaced by someone from the injured player’s club, with the new player having recorded the second highest number of votes from that club, either as a forward, back or utility, depending on the position needed for the bench.