Indigenous All Stars (rugby league)

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Indigenous All Stars
Indigenous All Stars logo
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Governing body Australian Rugby League Commission
Head coach Laurie Daley
Captain Johnathan Thurston
Most caps Johnathan Thurston
The team performing a pre-match war dance.

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.


The Dreamtime Team playing the NZ Māori

An Aboriginal v white Australian rugby reague 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 for a February match against 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.[5]

World Cup - Welcome to Country Game[edit]

As part of the official opening of the 2008 World Cup on 26 October, the "Dreamtime Team" played a commemorative match against the New Zealand Māori side which the Dreamtime Team won, 34–26.[6][7][8] The match was called the "Welcome to the Country match".

Indigenous Dreamtime Squad[edit]

Head Coach: Neil Henry (Australia)

Player Games Points Position Club
Rhys Wesser 1 8 FB Australia South Sydney Rabbitohs
Justin Carney 1 4 WG Australia Canberra Raiders
Maurice Blair 1 0 CE Australia Melbourne Storm
Jamal Idris 1 0 CE Australia Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Ty Williams 1 0 WG Australia North Queensland Cowboys
Jamie Soward 1 10 FE Australia St George Illawarra Dragons
Preston Campbell (captain) 1 0 HB Australia Gold Coast Titans
Carl Webb 1 0 PR Australia Parramatta Eels
Ian Lacey 1 0 HK Australia Ipswich Jets
George Rose 1 0 PR Australia Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Daine Laurie 1 0 SR Australia Penrith Panthers
Derrick Watkins 1 0 SR Australia Brisbane Broncos
Dean Widders 1 0 LK England Castleford Tigers
Chris Sandow 1 0 HB Australia South Sydney Rabbitohs
Rod Jensen 1 8 UB England Huddersfield Giants
Yileen Gordon 1 4 CE Australia Penrith Panthers
Peter Jensen 1 0 UB Australia CRL Group 6 - Thirlmere Tahmoor Roosters
Denis Moran 0 0 HB Australia Narwan Eels

All Stars[edit]

Main article: 2010 All Stars match

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.[9] 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.[10]

The Indigenous All Stars won the game.

2011 Indigenous All Stars team[edit]

Indigenous All Stars
2011 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 30 May 2011
Source(s): Half Time Live Scores,
2011 All Stars match, Team list

2012 Indigenous All Stars team[edit]

Main article: 2012 All Stars match
Indigenous All Stars
2012 squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

2013 Indigenous All Stars team[edit]

Main article: 2013 All Stars match
Indigenous All Stars
2013 squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

2015 Indigenous All Stars team[edit]

Main article: 2015 All Stars match
Indigenous All Stars
2015 squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Team of the Century (1908–2007)[edit]

In 2008 the Australian Rugby League announced the Indigenous Australian rugby league team of the century. When the team was announced the only current players were Greg Inglis (Centre), Johnathan Thurston (Halfback), and Sam Thaiday (Second-row).

  1. Eric Simms
  2. Lionel Morgan
  3. Steve Renouf
  4. Greg Inglis
  5. Dale Shearer
  6. Laurie Daley
  7. Johnathan Thurston
  8. Sam Backo
  9. Mal Cochrane
  10. Arthur Beetson
  11. Gordon Tallis
  12. Sam Thaiday
  13. Cliff Lyons
  14. George Green
  15. Wally McArthur
  16. Frank Fisher
  17. John Ferguson

See also[edit]


  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. ^ Hanna, Jim (16 October 1999). "Artie wants first pick, then a Test against Fittler and Co.". AAP Sports News (Australia: The Gale Group, Inc.). Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Australian Aboriginals defeat New Zealand Māoris LeagueUnlimited. Retrieved 27 October 2008
  7. ^ "Aboriginal side too good for Maori". League Unlimited. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Indigenous Dreamtime team named Official RLWC08 site, 11 October 2008.
  9. ^ Indigenous All Stars team launched, 16 October 2009
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Greg Inglis was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Beau Champion)
  12. ^ Thurston attained captaincy after Campbell withdrew to injury
  13. ^ Sam Thaiday was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Joel Moon)
  14. ^ Preston Campbell was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Anthony Mitchell)

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