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Indigenous All Stars (rugby league)

Indigenous All Stars
Badge of Indigenous All Stars team
Team information
Governing bodyAustralian Rugby League Commission
Head coachRonald Griffiths
CaptainLatrell Mitchell
Most capsJoel Thompson (7)
Andrew Fifita (7)
Ryan James (7)
Jack Wighton (7)
Tyrone Peachey (7)
Top try-scorerBen Barba (4)
Josh Addo-Carr (4)
Top point-scorerJohnathan Thurston (38)
Team results
First international
Indigenous Beat Papua New Guinea 
Biggest win
Indigenous All Stars 32-6 NRL All Stars
Biggest defeat
Indigenous All Stars 12-44 Māori All Stars
World Cup
Appearances2008 Opening Ceremony Vs New Zealand Māori

The Indigenous Australian rugby league team (also known as the Indigenous All Stars[1] or Indigenous Dreamtime[2] team) is a rugby league football team that represents Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. The team was first formed in 1973 and currently plays in an annual All Stars Match against a National Rugby League NRL All Stars team.

History

An Aboriginal v White Australian rugby league game was held in Barcaldine in Western Queensland in 1963. These 'Blacks v Whites' games continued annually until 1984.[3]

The first Australian Aboriginal rugby league team was assembled in 1973 The Aboriginal team managed to win seven of its nine matches in just 10 days, The team consisted of 34 players – 19 from NSW, 13 from Queensland and two from the Northern Territory. They went on to win games against Kiwi premiers Wellington Petone, the only all-Māori team & Auckland club & Te Atatu, which the Aboriginal side won 17–13.[4]

The side competed in the Pacific Cup in 1990, 1992 and 1994. During this period the team contained New South Wales Rugby League first grade players such as Ricky Walford, Graham Lyons, Ron Gibbs, Darrell Trindall, Paul Davis, Wayne Alberts, George Longbottom and Will Robinson.

In the post-1999 NRL season an Aboriginal side managed by Arthur Beetson defeated the Papua New Guinea Kumuls and the future rugby league Immortal was pushing for an Australia Day match against the Australian national team.

On the same day as the All Stars announcement, the league also revealed the NRL Pre-Season Challenge would return in 2024, with the tournament kicking off on February 15 and running across two weekends.

[5]

In 2008 World Cup curtain raiser to the Australia vs. New Zealand match included an Indigenous Australian squad playing against New Zealand Māori which featured several prominent NRL players and rising stars, including Chris Sandow, Wairangi Koopu, Preston Campbell, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Carl Webb.

Preston Campbell, a highly respected Aboriginal rugby league player, was a driving force behind the setup, in 2010, of a curtain raising match between the Indigenous All Stars, and the NRL All Stars. The Indigenous All Stars played what seems likely become an annual match against the National Rugby League All Stars on 13 February 2010.[6] The squad was chosen in part by public vote. Aboriginal NRL player Sid Domic's artistic ability led him to be selected from a field of six artists to design the Indigenous side's jersey, as well as Johnathan Thurston's and Jamie Soward's custom headgear, for the annual All Stars matches.[7]

2019 will see a new format of the Australian Indigenous All-Stars play the New Zealand Māori at AAMI Park in Melbourne on 15 February. It will be part of an All-Stars double header with the women's teams to play the curtain-raiser Māori and indigenous teams to the men's game. With no All-Stars game in 2017 due to the World Cup, the NRL will be hoping the inclusion of the New Zealand Māori side will spark popularity in the fixture. With three Indigenous players also eligible for both teams Dane Gagai, Reimis Smith, Josh Hoffman and Javid Bowen.[8]

Teams

First Australian Aboriginal Rugby League Team 1973 Tour

  • Michael Anderson
  • Neil Appo
  • John Brady
  • Marshall Brown
  • Don Carter
  • Phillip de la Cruz
  • Les Drew
  • Archie Glass
  • Jeffrey Hennaway
  • Larry Hoskins
  • Desi Illis
  • Allen Madden
  • Patrick Marra
  • Ron Mason
  • Ambrose Morgan
  • Thomas Moylan
  • Michael Mundine
  • Steve Ridgeway
  • Clarke Scott
  • Bruce Stewart
  • Wally Tallis
  • Francis Tappin
  • Geoffrey Thorne
  • Neville Thorne
  • Albert Torrens
  • Eddie Vale
  • Terry Wickey
  • Bill Widders
  • Victor Wright

Source:[9]

1990-92-1994 Australian Aboriginals Pacific Cup Team

1999 Australian Aboriginals

2008 Indigenous Team of the Century (1908–2007)

Indigenous Team of the Century
Team of the Century Coaching staff




Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)

Updated: 2008
Source(s): [10]


2008 Indigenous Dreamtime

The Dreamtime Team playing the NZ Māori Team
Teams performing pre-game War Cry and Haka
Indigenous Dreamtime
2008 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)

Updated: 7 December 2008
Source(s): [11]


2010 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2010 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)
  • Injured



2011 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2011 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)
  • Injured



2012 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2012 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2013 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2013 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League

The NRL launched a Festival of Indigenous Rugby League program to take the place of the prestigious pre-season Rugby League All Stars game following every World Cup year. The 2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League featured a trial match between the Knights and a non-elite Indigenous team, drawn from the immensely popular NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout and Murri Carnivals in Queensland, as well as the NRL Indigenous Player Cultural Camp, Murri vs Koori women's and Under 16s representative games, a Murri v Koori match, a jobs expo and community visits.

First Nation Goannas
2014 squad Coaching staff
  •  1 Javarn White FB
  •  2 Kieran Vale WG
  •  3 Rickki Sutherland CE
  •  4 Joshua Benjamin CE
  •  5 Malcolm Congoo WG
  •  6 Kareel Phillips FE
  •  7 Adrian Davis (c)HB
  •  8 Reggie Saunders PR
  •  9 Roy Smith HK
  • 10 Matthew Pittman PR
  • 11 Noel Underwood SR
  • 12 Davin Crampton SR
  • 13 Phil Dennis LK

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2015 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2015 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2016 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2016 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2017 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2017 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2019 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2019 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



Indigenous Team of the Decade (2010–2019)

Indigenous Team of the Decade
Team of the Decade Coaching staff




Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2020 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2020 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2021 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2021 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2022 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2022 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



2023 Indigenous All Stars

Indigenous All Stars
2022 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice-captain(s)



Results

1990
New Zealand Māori 24 – 13 Australian Aboriginies
1990
Australian Aboriginies 28 – 18 Papua New Guinea
1990
Australian Aboriginies v Friendly Islands
1990
Western Samoa 26 – 22 Australian Aboriginies
17 October 1992
New Zealand Māori 36–24 Australian Aboriginies
19 October 1992
Australian Aboriginies 46–18 Tokelau
21 October 1992
Australian Aboriginies 74–2 Norfolk Island
26 October 1992
Australian Aboriginies 32–14 American Samoa
Jubilee Park, Whangarei
28 October 1992
Western Samoa 44–26 Australian Aboriginies
31 October 1992
New Zealand Māori 44–12 Australian Aboriginies
22 October 1994
Australian Aborigines 64–10 Niue
26 October 1994
Australian Aborigines 50–12 Fiji Presidents XIII
3 November 1994
Australian Aborigines 34–16 Tonga
5 November 1994
Australian Aborigines 38–20 New Zealand Māori
9 November 1994
Fiji 21–20 Australian Aborigines
11 November 1994
Western Samoa 29–22 Australian Aborigines
16 October 1999
Australian Aborigines 58 – 12 Papua New Guinea
Tries:
Albert Torrens 3
Justin Doyle 2
Alf Duncan 2
Dennis Moran 2
Owen Craigie 1
Lee Hookey 1
Goals:
Dennis Moran 5
John Simon 2
Tries:
David Buko 1
Elias Paiyo 1
Goals:
John Wilshere 2
Campbelltown Stadium
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Sean Hampstead
23 October 1999
Australian Aborigines 32 – 10 Papua New Guinea
Tries:
Owen Craigie 1
Alf Duncan 1
Peter Ellis 1
Dennis Moran 1
Mark Tookey 1
Dean Widders 1
Goals:
Dennis Moran 2
Blaine Stanley 2
Tries:
David Buko 1
John Wilshere 1
Goals:
John Wilshere 1
Barlow Park
Cairns, Queensland
Attendance: 5,200
Referee: Paul Simpkins
26 October 2008
Indigenous Dreamtime 34 – 26 New Zealand Māori
Tries:
Rod Jensen (33', 53') 2
Rhys Wesser (22', 71') 2
Justin Carney (18') 1
Yileen Gordon (80') 1
Goals:
Jamie Soward 4
Derrick Watkins 1
Tries:
Sam McKendry (2') 1
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (25') 1
Chase Stanley (48') 1
Jordan Rapana (58') 1
Arana Taumata (67') 1
Goals:
Bronx Goodwin 2
Chase Stanley 1
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 34,157
Referee: Tony Archer
13 February 2010
8:00pm (AEST)
Indigenous All Stars 16 – 12 NRL All Stars
Tries:
Wendell Sailor (3') 1
Ben Jones (32') 1
Jamie Soward (74') 1
Goals:
Johnathan Thurston 2/2
(34', 76')
Field Goals:
Scott Prince 0/1

1st: 4 - 0
2nd: 6 - 0
3rd: 0 - 8
4th: 6 - 4
Tries:
Josh Morris (54') 1
Benji Marshall (59') 1
Michael Jennings (61') 1
Skilled Park
Gold Coast, Queensland
Attendance: 26,687
Preston Campbell Medal: Johnathan Thurston
Referee: Shayne Hayne, Ashley Klein, Gavin Badger, Luke Phillips
12 February 2011
8:00pm (AEST)
NRL All Stars 28 – 12 Indigenous All Stars
Tries:
Brett Morris (3') 1
Paul Gallen (24') 1
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (32') 1
Akuila Uate (35') 1
Josh Dugan (72') 1
Goals:
Benji Marshall 2/2
(33', 36')
Cameron Smith 1/2
(25')
Kurt Gidley 1/1
(73')

1st: 4 - 0
2nd: 18 - 6
3rd: 0 - 6
4th: 6 - 0
Tries:
Ben Barba (40') 1
Nathan Merritt (59') 1
Goals:
Johnathan Thurston 1/1
(40')
Scott Prince 1/1
(60')
Skilled Park
Gold Coast, Queensland
Attendance: 25,843
Preston Campbell Medal: Josh Dugan
Referee: Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins, Gavin Badger, Henry Perenara
4 February 2012, 7:15pm (AEDT)
NRL All Stars 36 – 28 Indigenous All Stars
Tries
Pritchard (26') 1
Lewis (35') 1
Bailey (46') 1
Dugan (51') 1
Reed (65') 1
Vatuvei (74') 1
Goals
Marshall 6/6
(31', 37', 47', 51', 66', 75')
Tries
2 (20', 39') Merritt
1 (6') Yow Yeh
1 (29') Bowen
1 (69') Inglis
Goals
3/4 Thurston
(8', 21', 30')
1 (71') Sandow
Skilled Park, Robina
Referee: Jason Robinson, Ashley Klein, Gerard Sutton, Phil Haines
Player of the Match: Nathan Merritt (Preston Campbell Medal)
9 February 2013, 7:45pm(AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 32 – 6 NRL All Stars
Tries
Barba 3
(10', 21', 31')
Robinson 3
(46', 71', 78')
Goals
Thurston 3/4
Prince 1/1
Tries
1 (14') Hayne
Goals
1/1 Reynolds
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 41,021
Player of the Match: Ben Barba (Preston Campbell Medal)
8 February 2014, 7pm (AEDT)
Newcastle Knights 52 – 12 First Nation Goannas
Tries
Jake Mamo 3
Joseph Tapine 2
Alex McKinnon 1
Korbin Sims 1
Sione Mata’utia 1
Josh Mantellato 1
Matt Minto 1
Goals
Josh Mantellato 6/10
Tries
1 Davin Crampton
1 Rod Jensen
Goals
2/2 Adrian Davis
Hunter Stadium
Attendance: 6,826
Referee: Gavin Badger, Chris James, Jeff Younis, Dave Ryan
13 February 2015
8:00pm (AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 20 – 6 NRL All Stars
Tries:
Inglis (51') 1
Chambers (64') 1
Grevsmuhl (78') 1
Goals:
Thurston 4/4
(53', 66', 75' pen, 79')
[16]
Tries:
Walker (29') 1
Goals:
Croker 1/1
(30')
Cbus Super Stadium
Attendance: 23,177
Preston Campbell Medal: George Rose
Referee: Gerard Sutton
13 February 2016
7.05pm (AEST)
Indigenous All Stars 8 – 12 World All Stars
Tries:
Latu (40') 1
Gagai (63') 1

Goals:
Soward 0/2

Tries:
Hurrell (32') 1
Radradra (42') 1

Goals:
Croker 0/1
Reynolds 2/2

Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 37, 399
Preston Campbell Medal: James Graham
Referee: Matt Cecchin & Allan Shortall
10 February 2017
8:15pm AEDT
Indigenous All Stars 34 – 8 World All Stars
Tries:
Bird (4') 1
Ferguson (7') 1
Taylor (13') 1
Thurston (41') 1
Gagai (59') 1
Latu (70') 1
Goals:
Thurston 4/5
(4', 14', 43', 60')
Sezer 1/1
(72')
[17][18]
Tries:
Mead (36') 1
Macdonald (39') 1
Goals:
Croker 0/2
15 February 2019
8:20pm (AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 34 – 14 Māori All Stars
Tries:
Josh Addo-Carr (11', 14') 2
Bevan French (33') 1
Blake Ferguson (39') 1
David Fifita (45') 1
Cody Walker (64') 1
Josh Kerr (73') 1
Goals:
Latrell Mitchell 3/7
(15', 40', 75')
Field Goals:
Tyrone Roberts 0/1
[19]
Tries:
Dane Gagai (3', 28') 2
Esan Marsters (51') 1
Goals:
Jordan Kahu 1/2
(4')
Esan Marsters 0/1
AAMI Park
Attendance: 18,802
Preston Campbell Medal: Tyrone Roberts
Referee: Grant Atkins, Gavin Badger
22 February 2020
7:20pm (AEST)
Māori All Stars 30 – 16 Indigenous All Stars
Tries:
Brandon Smith (70', 75') 2
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (5') 1
Kodi Nikorima (27') 1
Dylan Walker (80') 1
Goals:
Kalyn Ponga 4/4
(6', 29', 71', 75')
Adam Blair 1/1
(80')
Sin Bin:
Jahrome Hughes (23') 1
[20]
1st: 6 - 6
2nd: 6 - 4
3rd: 0 - 6
4th: 18 - 0
Tries:
Joshua Curran (18') 1
Blake Ferguson (40') 1
James Roberts (57') 1
Goals:
Tyrone Roberts 1/2
(20')
Blake Ferguson 1/1
(58')
Cbus Super Stadium
Attendance: 23,599
Preston Campbell Medal: Brandon Smith
Referee: Gerard Sutton, Peter Gough
20 February 2021
7:15pm (AEST)
Indigenous All Stars 10 – 10 Māori All Stars
Tries:
Alex Johnston (64') 1
Goals:
Latrell Mitchell 2/2
(65', 80' pen)
Jamal Fogarty 1/1
(20' pen)
Sin Bin:
Tyrone Peachey (60') 1
[21]
1st: 2 - 0
2nd: 0 - 0
3rd: 0 - 10
4th: 8 - 0
Tries:
Jordan Riki (49') 1
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (53') 1
Goals:
Patrick Herbert 1/2
(51')
Sin Bin:
Zane Musgrove (35') 1
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Attendance: 20,206
Preston Campbell Medal: James Fisher-Harris
Referee: Adam Gee
12 February 2022
5:20pm (AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 10 – 16 Māori All Stars
Tries:
Jesse Ramien (13') 1
Tyrell Sloan (67') 1
Goals:
Braydon Trindall 1/1
(20' pen)
Nicho Hynes 0/2
Sin Bin:
Andrew Fifita (20') 1
Jesse Ramien (56') 1
1st: 6 - 0
2nd: 0 - 10
3rd: 0 - 6
4th: 4 - 0
Tries:
Kodi Nikorima (25') 1
Esan Marsters (33') 1
Joseph Tapine (57') 1
Goals:
Patrick Herbert 1/2
(27')
Kodi Nikorima 1/1
(58')
Sin Bin:
Jordan Rapana (20') 1
CommBank Stadium
Attendance: 26,755
Preston Campbell Medal: Joseph Tapine
Referee: Adam Gee
11 February 2023
5:50pm (NZDT)
Māori All Stars 24 – 28 Indigenous All Stars
Tries:
Zach Dockar-Clay (3') 1
Jesse Arthars (23') 1
Jordan Riki (55') 1
Preston Riki (78') 1
Goals:
Jordan Rapana 4/4
(5', 25', 56', 78')

1st: 6 - 4
2nd: 6 - 6
3rd: 6 - 6
4th: 6 - 12
Tries:
Selwyn Cobbo (62', 69', 73') 3
Tyrell Sloan (15') 1
Nicho Hynes (35') 1
Brent Naden (45') 1
Goals:
Nicho Hynes 2/4
(37', 47')
Latrell Mitchell 0/2
Rotorua International Stadium
Attendance: 17,644
Preston Campbell Medal: Nicho Hynes
Referee: Gerard Sutton

2022 Player Pool

See also

References

  1. ^ AAP (16 October 2009). "Indigenous All Stars by name, and nature". ABC. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  2. ^ Malone, Paul (10 October 2008). "Sam Thaiday in Indigenous Dreamtime team for Rugby League World Cup Article f". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  3. ^ AAP (3 November 2007). "We need to follow footprints of Barcaldine". The Age. Australia: Fairfax Media.
  4. ^ AAP (18 February 1973). "Aboriginal team wins". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  5. ^ Lubowitz, Nora. "Indigenous v Maori All Stars games". Australia Rugby. 08/01/2024. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  6. ^ Indigenous All Stars team launched NRL.com, 16 October 2009
  7. ^ Jodie van de Wetering and Kallee Buchanan (10 February 2010). "All Stars' jerseys emblazoned with Domic's designs". ABC News. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  8. ^ Lucas, Andrew (28 August 2018). "NRL announce new All-Stars concept to kick-off 2019 NRL season". Andrew Lucas. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^ "The maiden voyage: 50 years since the first Indigenous tour". NRL.com. 1 February 2023. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  10. ^ "Modern stars join greats in Indigenous Team of Century". ABC News. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  11. ^ "Indigenous Dreamtime team named". Official RLWC08 site. 11 October 2008. Archived from the original on 1 January 2010.
  12. ^ Greg Inglis was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Beau Champion)
  13. ^ Thurston attained captaincy after Campbell withdrew to injury
  14. ^ Sam Thaiday was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Joel Moon)
  15. ^ Preston Campbell was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Anthony Mitchell)
  16. ^ Indigenous All Stars leave it late nrl.com, 13 February 2015
  17. ^ "Thurston inspires Indigenous All Stars to big win". NRL.com. 10 February 2017. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  18. ^ Rolfson, Uriah. "Townsville to host 2024 Maori v Indigenous All Stars Rugby". Indigenous All Stars Rugby. 08/01/2024. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  19. ^ "Addo-Carr stars as Indigenous All Stars beat Māori All Stars". NRL.com. 15 February 2019.
  20. ^ Balym, Todd (22 February 2020). "Smith stars as Māori side clinches first All Stars win". NRL.com. Archived from the original on 23 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  21. ^ "'I thought it was golden point': Cody laments late call to level up". NRL.com. 20 February 2021.
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