2016 NRL All Stars | UBET

The NRL All Stars match is a pre-season rugby league exhibition match pitting the Indigenous All Stars up against the NRL All Stars. Brain child of former Indigenous great Preston Campbell, the match features some of the best names in the game, not only from Indigenous backgrounds, but from all cultures.

First taking place in 2010 at Skilled Park, now known as Cbus Super Stadium, on the Gold Coast, it has become a must-see event for rugby league diehards across the country. It is the one rugby league game in Australia where the fans pick the teams. Generally, fans pick the Indigenous All Stars first, consisting of six forwards, seven backs and seven wildcards. The forwards and backs will predominantly be the run on squad, while the wildcards make up the bench. The exhibition game has evolved since its inception, with the match trophy named the Arthur Beetson trophy in 2012, in honour of the first Indigenous athlete to ever captain an Australian sporting team, Arthur Beetson. Affectionately known as Artie, Beetson was a rugby league legend, loved by many.

This game puts some of the NRL’s biggest stars side-by-side, and for some, for the first time ever. In the NRL All Stars team, the captains of both the Australian Rugby League team and the New Zealand Rugby League team are automatically picked, getting a rare chance to play alongside each other. In the past, former New Zealand captain Benji Marshall has been partnered in the halves by Australian captain Darren Lockyer, a partnership that would not have taken place in any other professional rugby league game. Then in 2013, Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran came off the bench to partner Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds in the halves; again, a partnership that more than likely won’t occur at any level.




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PREVIOUS ALL STARS WINNERS

PREVIOUS ALL STARS WINNERS

YEAR WINNER RUNNERS UP SCORE
2015 INDIGENOUS ALL STARS NRL ALL STARS 20-6
2013 INDIGENOUS ALL STARS NRL ALL STARS 32-6
2012 NRL ALL STARS INDIGENOUS ALL STARS 39-28
2011 NRL ALL STARS INDIGENOUS ALL STARS 28-12
2010 INDIGENOUS ALL STARS NRL ALL STARS 16-12

*Was not played in 2014 to accommodate for the Auckland Nines tournament.



PREVIOUS PRESTON CAMPBELL MEDAL WINNERS

PREVIOUS PRESTON CAMPBELL MEDAL WINNERS

Like in every major game in the NRL, a man of the match award is given. In the Grand Final, it is known as the Clive Churchill Medal. In State of Origin, it is the Wally Lewis Medal. In the NRL All Stars match, the best player on the field receives the Preston Campbell Medal.


YEAR WINNER TEAM POSITION
2015 GEORGE ROSE INDIGENOUS ALL STARS FRONT ROW
2013 BEN BARBA INDIGENOUS ALL STARS FULLBACK
2012 NATHAN MERRITT INDIGENOUS ALL STARS WING
2011 JOSH DUGAN NRL ALL STARS FULLBACK
2010 JOHNATHAN THURSTON INDIGENOUS ALL STARS HALFBACK