FOUR WARRIORS INCLUDED IN MĀORI ALL-STARS TEAM

Four Warriors players will feature in the NRL Māori All-Stars line-up for the historic clash with the NRL Indigenous All-Stars in Melbourne on February 15.

Peta Hiku has been named at fullback, Tohu Harris and Adam Blair will start in the back-row, and Gerard Beale is set to come off an extended bench for the fan-voted team.

Meanwhile, Warriors legend and current assistant coach Stacey Jones will coach the Māori All-Stars, aided by new Warriors ISP coach and Kiwis great Nathan Cayless, and former Warriors and Kiwis hard-man Mark Horo.

Though the squad features 14 New Zealand internationals and three Australian reps, young Newcastle superstar Kalyn Ponga shapes as the Māori side’s headline act at five-eighth.

The Indigenous All-Stars boast four members of NSW’s victorious 2018 Origin squad – Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts, Josh Addo-Carr and Tyrone Peachey – along with the likes of Ben Barba and Andrew Fifita.

Mitchell has chosen to represent the Indigenous team over playing for the Roosters in the World Club Challenge.

Some of the NRL’s most exciting young talents will turn out for the Laurie Daley-coached Indigenous team, including the Broncos’ teenaged back-row sensations David Fifita and Kotoni Staggs, and blockbusting centre Jesse Ramien, who left the Sharks for the Knights in the off-season.

The NRL All-Stars fixture returns after a one-year hiatus. The Indigenous All-Stars faced an NRL All-Stars side from 2010-13 and in 2015, before squaring off against the World All-Stars in 2016-17.

The Indigenous team has won four of the previous seven All-Stars encounters.

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