Indigenous All Stars (rugby league)

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Indigenous All Stars
Badge of Indigenous All Stars team
Governing body Australian Rugby League Commission
Head coach Laurie Daley
Captain Johnathan Thurston
Most caps Johnathan Thurston


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[edit]

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]

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]

Teams[edit]

1990-1994 Australian Aboriginies[edit]

Australian Aboriginies
Pacific Cup Team Coaching staff




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


2008 Indigenous Team of the Century (1908–2007)[edit]

Indigenous Team of the Century
Team of the Century Coaching staff




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


2008 Indigenous Dreamtime[edit]

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

Head coach



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


2010 Indigenous All Stars[edit]

Indigenous All Stars
2010 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



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


2011 Indigenous All Stars[edit]

Indigenous All Stars
2011 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



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


2012 Indigenous All Stars[edit]

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

Head coach



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


2013 Indigenous All Stars[edit]

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

Head coach



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


2015 Indigenous All Stars[edit]

Main article: 2015 All Stars match
Indigenous All Stars
2015 squad Did not play Coaching staff

Head coach



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


See also[edit]

References[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. ^ 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. ^ Greg Inglis was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Beau Champion)
  9. ^ Thurston attained captaincy after Campbell withdrew to injury
  10. ^ Sam Thaiday was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Joel Moon)
  11. ^ Preston Campbell was originally selected but withdrew due to injury (replaced by Anthony Mitchell)

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