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St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Joel Thompson is proud to again be part of the NRL Indigenous All-Stars squad announced on Wednesday.

The Ken Stephens Medal winner has been named for a sixth time in the team which will be coached by Laurie Daley.

Thompson, who additionally re-signed for a further two seasons with the Dragons during the off-season, is keen to test himself amongst a star-studded Indigenous All-Stars outfit who will fact the NRL World All-Stars at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle on Friday, February 10.

"It's a great side; to have 'JT' (Thurston) back in the side, one of the best players to have played the game and across the paddock it's a really good side and the All Stars side is a strong side as well so it should be a really good game," said Thompson.

"I love what I do.

“I'm in a privileged position being a rugby league player and I think it's for me now and other players to be that role model and help the rest of the community up and do what we do.

"This week in Newcastle will be a powerful week to get some strong messages across to the community and the kids.

“It's hard to put into words the effect it does have out there.

"It's a great week not just for the game but what we do in the community and it's a massive honour to be in this position."

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