All Stars match

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Rugby League All Stars
Current season or competition::
2016 All Stars match
NRL All Stars logo.jpeg
Sport Rugby league
Instituted 2010
Inaugural season 2010
Number of teams 2
Country  Australia (NRL)
Holders World All Stars (2016)
Most titles Indigenous All-Stars (3 titles)
Broadcast partner Nine Network
Fox Sports
Related competition National Rugby League

The Rugby League All Stars Match of the National Rugby League is an annual rugby league football match between the specially-formed Indigenous All Stars and an All Stars team, both of whose members are made available for selection public vote.[1] The game has been played since 2010 at Gold Coast, Queensland's Skilled Park. The player judged man-of-the-match is awarded the Preston Campbell Medal, named after indigenous Gold Coast player, Preston Campbell. Between 2010 and 2015, the Indigenous All Stars opponent was an NRL All Stars team, they were replaced for 2016 by a World All Stars team.

The first match took place on 13 February 2010 at the Gold Coast's Skilled Park and was won 16-12 by the Indigenous All Stars,[2] and winning half-back Johnathan Thurston was awarded the inaugural Preston Campbell award for best player. Players from both sides were primarily chosen by the public, through a voting scheme through the official NRL website. Coaches from both sides then select the voted players into a make up squad, and players specially selected by the coaches are then included to create the full 20-man positional squad. Several rule alterations were also made exclusive to the All Stars which trialled such concepts like the "Double Try" and "Power Play" rule.[3] In 2012, the match trophy was named in honour to indigenous rugby league legend Artie Beetson.[4]

Rule variations[edit]

The logo used by the NRL from inception in 2010 until the end of 2012.

For 2010, the match exhibited several rule variations exclusive to the All stars match:[5]

  • A new double try or "power play" rule was trialled during the match. This rule gave a try-scoring team the option to attempt to score another try from a single play-the-ball instead of taking the usual place kicked conversion. The idea is similar to the try rule in American football whereby a touchdown-scoring team can choose to either kick a conversion goal or to attempt to convert via an additional touchdown. The double try would be worth a further four points. The following rules were applied to the double try attempt:
    • The double try attempt was started by the attacking team with a play the ball in the centre of their opponents 20 metre line.
    • The fullback on the defending team was required to leave the field of play for the duration of the play. This meant there were twelve defenders against thirteen attackers.
    • The attacking team was prevented from kicking during the attempt, with the referee ending the play for a restart in the event that the ball was kicked.
    • If the defending team gained possession of the ball the play was over, this meant that the defending team could not score in this situation.
    • If the defending team conceded a penalty, the double try would be awarded automatically.
  • The match was divided into quarters rather than halves with 20 minutes between each break. Quarter and three quarter breaks were in five-minute periods and conducted on the field. This is due to the fact that the match is played during summer. Team talks delivered by the coaches during the breaks were broadcast live for the first time.
  • Teams had an unlimited interchange limit.
  • The match contained four on-field officials, although two were able to referee at a time.
  • The video referee was available to explain their decisions to the broadcast commentary team on air for the first time.

For the 2013 game, the following trial experimental rules were introduced:[6]

  • Ruck Penalties
    • For infringements in the ruck area by the defending team (holding down, leg pull, hand on ball etc.) which does not result in the breakdown of play (i.e. drop ball), the referee will indicate the infringement by blowing his whistle and signaling the infringement. The match referee will then immediately signal the restart of the tackle count which shall occur at the point of the infringement with a zero tackle.
    • There will be no kick for touch for these infringements. Play will continue immediately from the point of the infringement via a play the ball.
    • Any foul play in the ruck area by the defending team will result in a traditional penalty.
    • Any infringement by the attacking team in the ruck area will result in a traditional penalty.
  • Quick Restarts
    • This will see an extension of the quick restart from the 20m, with players allowed quick penalty tap kicks/restarts (apart from ruck penalties) from the point of the offence. Captains questioning decisions will be restricted to when they are in possession and scrums.
  • Restarts from Kicks
    • For any attacking team that kicks the ball from the outside the opponents 30m line (30m from try line) and the ball goes dead in-goal, the opponent will receive the ball via a handover (tap restart) from the point where the kick originated once the match officials are in place.

All Stars Matches Results[edit]

Year Winners Score Losers Venue Crowd
2010 Indigenous All Stars 16-12 NRL All Stars Skilled Park, Gold Coast 26,687
2011 NRL All Stars 28-12 Indigenous All Stars Skilled Park, Gold Coast 25,843
2012 NRL All Stars 36-28 Indigenous All Stars Skilled Park, Gold Coast 26,039
2013 Indigenous All Stars 32-6 NRL All Stars Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 41,021
2015 Indigenous All Stars 20-6 NRL All Stars Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast 23,177
2016 World All Stars 12-8 Indigenous All Stars Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 37,339
2017 Indigenous All Stars 34-8 World All Stars McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle 20,241

Preston Campbell Medal[edit]

The Preston Campbell Medal is awarded to the man of the match and is exclusively voted by the public. The medal is named after Gold Coast Titans and indigenous star Preston Campbell, who was the first person that ventured the idea of the All Stars match.

Year Recipient Team Position
2010 Johnathan Thurston Indigenous All Stars Halfback
2011 Josh Dugan NRL All Stars Fullback
2012 Nathan Merritt Indigenous All Stars Winger
2013 Ben Barba Indigenous All Stars Fullback
2015 George Rose Indigenous All Stars Prop
2016 James Graham World All Stars Prop
2017 Johnathan Thurston Indigenous All Stars Five-eighth



13 February 2010, 8:00pm
NRL All Stars 12 – 16 Indigenous All Stars
Josh Morris 54' 1
Benji Marshall 59' 1
Michael Jennings 61' 1
1 3' Wendell Sailor
1 32' Ben Jones
1 74' Jamie Soward
2/2 34', 76' Johnathan Thurston
Skilled Park, Robina
Attendance: 26,687
Referee/s: Ashley Klein, Shayne Hayne, Gavin Badger, Luke Phillips
Man of the Match: Johnathan Thurston (Preston Campbell Medal)


12 February 2011, 8:00pm
NRL All Stars 28 – 12 Indigenous All Stars
Brett Morris 4' 1
Paul Gallen 24' 1
Shaun Kenny-Dowall 32' 1
Akuila Uate 35' 1
Josh Dugan 72' 1
Benji Marshall 2/2
Cameron Smith 1/2
Kurt Gidley 1/1
1 40' Ben Barba
1 60' Nathan Merritt
1/1 Johnathan Thurston
1/1 Scott Prince
Skilled Park, Robina
Attendance: 25,843
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins, Gavin Badger, Henry Perenara
Man of the Match: Josh Dugan (Preston Campbell Medal)


4 February 2012, 7:15pm (AEDT)
NRL All Stars 36 – 28 Indigenous All Stars
Frank Pritchard 26' 1
Luke Lewis 35' 1
Luke Bailey 46' 1
Josh Dugan 51' 6
Jack Reed 65' 1
Manu Vatuvei 74' 1
Benji Marshall 6/6
31', 37', 47', 51', 66', 75'
2 20', 39' Nathan Merritt
1 6' Jharal Yow Yeh
1 29' Matthew Bowen
1 69' Greg Inglis
3/4 Johnathan Thurston
8', 21', 30'
1/1 71' Chris Sandow
Skilled Park, Robina
Referee/s: Jason Robinson, Ashley Klein, Gerard Sutton, Phil Haines
Man of the Match: Nathan Merritt (Preston Campbell Medal)


9 February 2013, 7:45pm(AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 32 – 6 NRL All-Stars
Ben Barba 3
10', 21', 31'
Reece Robinson 3
46', 71', 78'
Johnathan Thurston 3/4
Scott Prince 1/1
1 14' Jarryd Hayne
1/1 Adam Reynolds
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 41,021
Referee/s: Jason Robinson, Ashley Klein
Man of the Match: Ben Barba (Preston Campbell Medal)


13 February 2015, 8:00pm (AEST)
Indigenous All Stars 20 – 6 NRL All-Stars
Greg Inglis (51') 1
Will Chambers (64') 1
Chris Grevsmuhl (78')
Johnathan Thurston 4/4
(53', 66', 75' pen, 79')
Dylan Walker (29') 1
Jarrod Croker 1/1
Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
Attendance: 23,177
Referee/s: Gerard Sutton, Grant Atkins
Man of the Match: George Rose (Preston Campbell Medal)


13 February 2016, 8:00pm (AEST)
Indigenous All Stars 8 – 12 World All-Stars
Leilani Latu 1
Dane Gagai 1
Konrad Hurrell
Semi Radradra1
Adam Reynolds 2/3
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 37,339
Referee/s: Matt Cecchin, Allan Shortall
Man of the Match: James Graham (Preston Campbell Medal)

Women's All Stars Match[edit]

The Women's All Stars Match is the Women's rugby league version of the game and has been running since 2011.[7]




The match was held as the main curtain raiser for the 2014 Anzac Test.[8][9]

2 May 2014, 6:05pm(AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 0 - 24 NRL All-Stars
Tries: 0 Goals: 0 Tries: 5 (Kunst, Chandler, Andrews, Brigginshaw, Hammond) Goals: 2/5 (Brigginshaw)


The Women's All Stars exhibition match which was held as a curtain raiser for the men's 2015 All Stars match and was won by the NRL Women's All Stars 26-8.[10][11]

13 February 2015
Indigenous All Stars 8 – 26 NRL All-Stars
Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
Attendance: 23,177


13 February 2016
4.25pm (AEST)
Indigenous Woman All Stars 4 – 24 Woman All Stars team
Suncorp Stadium
Referee/s: Jarred Maxwell & Ben Cummins

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