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St George Illawarra forward Tyrell Fuimaono is all set to suit up for his second appearance as an Indigenous All Star this Saturday night in Townsville. 

After a 39-minute performance in 2020, Tyrell is looking forward to representing his family's culture once again, alongside Dragons teammate Josh Kerr. 

Coincidentally, Fuimaono's sister Taliah will also represent the women's team at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.  

"I'm always excited for this game. It's not only a big deal for me but also for my family," Fuimaono said.

"It's not only a chance to get a game in before the season, but it's a really good camp."

Although Fuimaono is not eligible to take the field for the Red V until next weekend's Charity Shield, the All Star game will be a great chance for some quality game time before the start of the 2021 NRL season.

Fuimaono said the All Star camp was always a culturally rich opportunity for the Maori and Indigenous players to come together.

The St Marys junior emphasised the importance of the team's chemistry leading into the game, mentioning waterpark visits and cultural activities prior to last year's All Stars game on the Gold Coast

"The week leading up to the footy is just as enjoyable as the game itself, so we can't wait to go up to Townsville," Fuimaono said.

Throughout the Dragons' pre-season, Fuimaono has seen himself training in the back row and in the centres.

Fuimaono said: "The boys and I have been thrown into different positions with many repetitions to see what it’s like. But I'm not 100 per cent on where I'll be yet."

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St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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