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All Stars match

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Rugby League All Stars
Current season or competition:
2020 All Stars match
NRL All Stars logo.jpeg
SportRugby league
Inaugural season2010
Number of teams2
Country Australia (NRL)
HoldersMāori All Stars (2020)
Most titlesIndigenous All-Stars (5 titles)
Broadcast partnerNine Network
Fox Sports
Related competitionNational 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

The logo used by the NRL from 2013.
The logo used by the NRL from 2013.

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.

Preston Campbell Medal

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 Club
2010 Johnathan Thurston Indigenous All Stars Halfback North Queensland Cowboys
2011 Josh Dugan NRL All Stars Fullback Canberra Raiders
2012 Nathan Merritt Indigenous All Stars Winger South Sydney Rabbitohs
2013 Ben Barba Indigenous All Stars Fullback Canterbury Bulldogs
2014 Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held
2015 George Rose Indigenous All Stars Prop St George Illawarra Dragons
2016 James Graham World All Stars Prop Canterbury Bulldogs
2017 Johnathan Thurston Indigenous All Stars Five-eighth North Queensland Cowboys
2018 Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held
2019 Tyrone Roberts Indigenous All Stars Five eighth Gold Coast Titans
2020 Brandon Smith Māori All Stars Hooker Melbourne Storm



Year Winners Score Losers Venue City Crowd
2010 Indigenous All Stars 16-12 NRL All Stars Robina Stadium Gold Coast 26,687
2011 NRL All Stars 28-12 Indigenous All Stars Robina Stadium Gold Coast 25,843
2012 NRL All Stars 36-28 Indigenous All Stars Robina Stadium Gold Coast 26,039
2013 Indigenous All Stars 32-6 NRL All Stars Lang Park Brisbane 41,021
2014 Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held
2015 Indigenous All Stars 20-6 NRL All Stars Robina Stadium Gold Coast 23,177
2016 World All Stars 12-8 Indigenous All Stars Lang Park Brisbane 37,339
2017 Indigenous All Stars 34-8 World All Stars Newcastle International Sports Centre Newcastle 20,241
2018 Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held Not Held
2019 Indigenous All Stars 34-14 Māori All Stars Melbourne Rectangular Stadium Melbourne 18,802
2020 Indigenous All Stars 16-30 Māori All Stars Cbus Super Stadium Robina 23,599

Note: The All Stars match was not contested in 2014 and 2018.


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: 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: 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') 1
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: 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: 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') 1
Johnathan Thurston 4/4
(53', 66', 75' pen, 79')
1 (29') Dylan Walker
1/1 (30') Jarrod Croker
Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
Attendance: 23,177
Referee: 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
1 Konrad Hurrell
1 Semi Radradra
2/3 Adam Reynolds
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 37,339
Referee: Matt Cecchin, Allan Shortall
Man of the Match: James Graham (Preston Campbell Medal)


10 February 2017
8:15pm AEDT
Indigenous All Stars 34 – 8 World All Stars
Jack Bird (4') 1
Blake Ferguson (7') 1
Ashley Taylor (13') 1
Johnathan Thurston (41') 1
Dane Gagai (59') 1
Leilani Latu (70') 1
Johnathan Thurston 4/5
(4', 14', 43', 60')
Aiden Sezer 1/1
[7] Tries:
1 (36') David Mead
1 (39') Nene Macdonald
Jarrod Croker 0/2


15 February 2019
8:20pm (AEDT)
Indigenous All Stars 34 – 14 Māori All Stars
Josh Addo-Carr (11', 14') 2
Bevan French (33') 1
Blake Ferguson (39') 1
David Fifita (45') 1
Cody Walker (64') 1
Josh Kerr (73') 1
Latrell Mitchell 3/7
(15', 40', 75')
Field Goals:
Tyrone Roberts 0/1
[8] Tries:
Dane Gagai (3', 28') 2
Esan Marsters (51') 1
Jordan Kahu 1/2
Esan Marsters 0/1
Attendance: 18,802
Preston Campbell Medal: Tyrone Roberts
Referee: Grant Atkins, Gavin Badger


22 February 2020
7:20pm (AEST)
Indigenous All Stars
Australian Aboriginal Flag.svg
16 – 30 Māori people Māori All Stars
Joshua Curran (18') 1
Blake Ferguson (40') 1
James Roberts (57') 1
Tyrone Roberts 1/2
Blake Ferguson 1/1
1st: 6 - 6
2nd: 4 - 6
3rd: 6 - 0
4th: 0 - 18
Brandon Smith (70', 75') 2
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (5') 1
Kodi Nikorima (27') 1
Dylan Walker (80') 1
Kalyn Ponga 4/4
(6', 29', 71', 75')
Adam Blair 1/1
Sin Bin:
Jahrome Hughes (23') 1
Cbus Super Stadium
Attendance: 23,599
Referee: Gerard Sutton, Peter Gough
Man of the Match: Brandon Smith (Preston Campbell Medal)

Women's All Stars Matches Results

The Women's All Stars Match is the Women's rugby league version of the game and has been running since 2011.[10]


Year Winners Score Losers Venue Crowd
2011 Women's All Stars 22-6 Indigenous Women's All Stars Skilled Park, Gold Coast 25,843
2013 Women's All Stars 22-6 Indigenous Women's All Stars Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 41,021
2014 Women's All Stars 24-0 Indigenous Women's All Stars Allianz Stadium, Sydney 25,429
2015 Women's All Stars 26-8 Indigenous Women's All Stars Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast 23,177
2016 Women's All Stars 24-4 Indigenous Women's All Stars Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 37,339
2017 Indigenous Women's All Stars 14-4 Women's All Stars McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle 20,241
2019 Māori Women's All Stars 8-4 Indigenous Women's All Stars AAMI Park, Melbourne 18,802
2020 Māori Women's All Stars 10-4 Indigenous Women's All Stars Cbus Super Stadium 23,599




The match was held as the main curtain raiser for the 2014 Anzac Test.[11][12]

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.[13][14]

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: Jarred Maxwell & Ben Cummins


10 February 2017
Indigenous Women's All Stars 14 – 4 Women's World All Stars


15 February 2019
Indigenous Women's All Stars 8-4 Māori Women's All Stars
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Women of the Match:


22 February 2020
Indigenous Women's All Stars 10-4 Māori people Maori Women's All Stars
Try: Stephanie Mooka 12', Nakia Davis-Welsh 47'
Goal: Shakiah Tungai (0/1), Jenni-Sue Hooper (1/1)
Report Try: Kerehitina Matua 2'
Goal: Kerehitina Matua (0/1)
Cbus Super Stadium
Referees: Liam Kennedy, Kasey Badger

See also

  • NRL All Stars match results and statistics


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  3. ^ Double try on offer at All Stars game. Archived 16 June 2010 at WebCiteGold Coast Mail. 24 November 2009.
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  8. ^ "Addo-Carr stars as Indigenous All Stars beat Māori All Stars". 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ Balym, Todd (22 February 2020). "Smith stars as Māori side clinches first All Stars win". Archived from the original on 23 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Women's All Stars team announced". 21 September 2017. Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Women's All Stars team announcement". 21 September 2017. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
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  13. ^ "Final All Stars teams announced". Archived from the original on 29 June 2015.
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