Victoria’s five-day lockdown and subsequent Queensland border closure has pressured the NRL to call replacements for seven Melbourne gamers unavailable for the All Stars conflict in Townsville.
Winger Josh Addo-Carr will miss out for the Indigenous All Stars with Gold Coast’s Corey Thompson known as in.
The Maori All Stars have misplaced the providers of Reimis Smith, Jahrome Hughes, Jesse Bromwich, Brandon Smith, Kenneath Bromwich and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Coming into their 20-man squad are North Queensland trio Esan Marsters, Daejarn Asi and Emry Pere, Brisbane’s Issac Luke, Wests Tigers’ Russell Packer and Jackson Topine of Canterbury.
The February 20 All Stars match will embrace 35-year-old New Zealand star Benji Marshall for the primary time whereas South Sydney fullback Latrell Mitchell is ready to make his return to the sector within the pre-season showpiece, in his first sport since rupturing his hamstring final season.
NRL officers had been unable to get safe authorities journey exemptions for the Storm gamers to get into Queensland after the state closed its borders at 1am on Saturday morning to anybody who has been within the higher Melbourne space prior to now 14 days.
Victoria imposed what Premier Dan Andrews known as a five-day “brief, sharp circuit breaker” in response to COVID-19 circumstances being linked to a quarantine resort.
*NRL All Stars groups*
Indigenous: Latrell Mitchell, Blake Ferguson, Jack Wighton, Jesse Ramien, Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, Jamal Fogarty, Andrew Fifita, Reuben Cotter, Josh Kerr, David Fifita, Tyrell Fuimaono, Tyrone Peachey, Corey Thompson, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Cade Cust, Chris Smith, Zac Saddler, Josh Curran, Brian Kelly. Coach: Laurie Daley
Maori: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Joseph Manu, Dylan Walker, Patrick Herbert, Jarome Luai, Benji Marshall, Russell Packer, Jeremy Marshall-King, James Fisher-Harris, Briton Nikora, Jordan Riki, Joseph Tapine, Issac Luke, Emry Pere, Zane Musgrove, Jackson Topine, Esan Marsters, Bailey Simonsson, Daejarn Asi. Coach: David Kidwell