Premiership winner Josh Addo-Carr and NSW representative Blake Ferguson will feature in a star-studded National Indigenous Championships in Wollongong this weekend.
The duo will line up among more than 50 nominated teams for the two-day event to be played at Collegians Sports Centre and Parrish Park.
Addo-Carr scored twice in Melbourne Storm’s 34-6 grand final triumph over North Queensland at ANZ Stadium earlier this month.
Roosters duo Ferguson and Latrell Mitchell, as well as Sharks and Penrith centre Tyrone Peachey and former Manly and Dragons forward George Rose will also play.
“We’ve got teams from as far as North Queensland, right down to Victoria,” championships co-ordinator Matt Rose said. “Sport is what brings our mob together and we’re just excited to launch the championships and give people the opportunity to play and watch the game they love and for the teams to test themselves against other teams from right across our country.
The competition is going to be fierce because many teams that compete in the Koori and Murri carnivals have combined, we’re going to see the best of the best.”
The format features shortened games, before an 80-minute final on Sunday. Teams knocked out in the first round will play again in the repechage round, with men’s, women’s and junior divisions.
“The NRL guys love being part of it, being able to play with family and friends. It’s pretty special for the kids to watch them in action,” Rose said.