The NRL’s representative games are known as the best in the world, and it looks like we’re set for another classic today as the New Zealand Māori Kiwis side come up against the Australian Indigenous All-Stars in a men’s and women’s
The teams were selected via a fan vote and the men’s Indigenous team includes such legends as Latrell Mitchell (who’s skipping the World Cup Challenge for the match), Andrew Fifita, Blake Ferguson and Josh Addo-Carr.
They’ll absolutely be right up against it though as they take on a stacked Māori side with names like Jesse Bromwich, Dane Gagai and Adam Blair taking to AAMI Park.
Gold 104.3’s Huggy spoke with Melbourne Storm premiership player Josh Addo-Carr about the upcoming game.
“It’s going to be really special opportunity to represent my people,” he said.
“Two very proud teams are going to be going up against each other – it’s gonna be a very aggressive game.”
And in an interesting sub-plot, it turns out that Addo-Carr actually played in the Indigenous All-Stars game eight years ago – in the under 16’s team as the curtain raiser.
Alex Johnson also played in that game, and the two will line up side-by-side – just as they did eight years ago.
While the game’s set to be an absolute belter, the pre-game ceremony will be a very special moment as well with the Māori haka facing off against the Indigenous war cry.
“It’s going to give you goosebumps,” Addo-Carr predicts – and we reckon that’s a pretty safe bet.
Today, both Men’s and Women’s teams from the Australian Indigenous All-Stars & New Zealand Maori Kiwis will be at Harvey Norman Maribyrnong at 169 Rosamond Road TODAY (12TH FEBRUARY) from 4-5.30pm. Head down for your chance to win tickets to the big game at AAMI Park this Friday!