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News Sydney to host 2022 NRL All Stars

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All Stars headed to Sydney in 2022​

National Rugby League | November 30 2021 11:33AM

Sydney will create history in February, hosting the NRL Harvey Norman All Stars for the first time ever.

The Australian Rugby League Commission confirmed the 2022 NRL Harvey Norman All Stars would be played at CommBank Stadium on Saturday, February 12.

It will be just the second time the All Stars fixture has been held in NSW, following on from the 2017 match in Newcastle.

ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys AM said the Harvey Norman All Stars was an important event for the Commission.

"It's no coincidence that our season kicks off with the Harvey Norman All Stars. You can't imagine our game without the influence of Indigenous and Maori cultures and the leadership role our players have in the community,'' he said.

"We're delighted that Sydney will have the opportunity to host these games for the first time. The All Stars features some of the most exciting men and women in the NRL and NRLW competitions and I know the event is one of the highlights of their season."

NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the event would benefit communities in Sydney enormously.

"All Stars week is a unique and important part of our rugby league calendar. To be able to celebrate this week in Sydney is an exciting opportunity for players and fans." Mr Abdo said.

"The event brings communities and cultures together and helps celebrate First Nations people as well as rugby league's authentic and powerful diversity.

"The 2022 NRL Harvey Norman All Stars will feature the women's and men's Indigenous and Maori teams, along with the Indigenous and Maori touch football teams."

Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council Chair Katrina Fanning said: "All 10 All Stars contests have educated, improved awareness and overall built bridges between communities.

"It has had an incredibly important impact in regional communities but it has also shown its power in our cities including Brisbane and Melbourne. Now Sydney has the chance to experience the life-changing abilities of the All Stars concept."

NSW Minister for Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the fixture would give sports fans an exciting event to look forward to in February 2022.

"The NRL All Stars pre-season showcase is a wonderful celebration of rugby league and indigenous and Maori culture," Mr Ayres said.

"As an avid NRL fan I am delighted that Sydney will kick-off the 2022 rugby league season with the NRL All Stars fixture and welcome fans from around the country to CommBank Stadium.

"Sydney and NSW continues to secure significant sporting events that resonate with the community by providing entertainment and inspiration, while also playing a vital role in driving our visitor economy."

Harvey Norman Chief Executive Katie Page added: "Harvey Norman have been the proudest supporter of the NRL Indigenous All Stars since its inception, 11 years ago. The NRL Indigenous All Stars will be played in Sydney at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta for the first time in 2022. All First Nations' teams will be honoured to be playing on the lands of the Darug people and will possibly give proud Burramattagal players' Josh Curran and Quincy Dodd the ultimate home-ground advantage in their respective clashes.

"Anyone who has ever watched the NRL Indigenous All Stars game live will know and tell you the atmosphere rivals State of Origin and Finals for passion, pride and talent on display. Now it is Sydney's turn to celebrate the brilliance of the men and women of the NRL Indigenous and Maori communities, so save the date."

Tickets will be on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, December 1), beginning with Parramatta Eels Members at 9am (AEDT), all other NRL Club Members at 9.30am (AEDT), NRL Account Holders at 10am (AEDT) and General Public at 2pm (AEDT).

The 2022 NRL Harvey Norman All Stars will feature the women's and men's Indigenous and Maori teams, along with the Indigenous and Maori touch football teams.

Tickets will be available from $25 for adults and $75 for families via nrl.com/tickets. Tickets for special Indigenous and Maori supporter bays, which include a flag with every ticket, will be available from $40.

The All Stars matches will be broadcast live on the Nine Network, Fox League, SKY New Zealand and on NRL Live Pass.

The 2022 NRL Harvey Norman All Stars is proudly supported by the NSW Government, via Destination NSW, along with major partners KARI Foundation and Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES).
 

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It's a shame to see it not being held in some future expansion location (eg Perth, Adelaide, even Wellington or Christchurch) as a promotional angle into one of those markets.. but understandable given a) Sydney has been starved of live footy in 2021 and more importantly b) the border risk could still be too high to send a ton of players/staff across all clubs somewhere outside NSW/Qld
 

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Look I know what aboriginal means if you read the dictionary, but the Maori are literally indigenous new Zealanders.
Would aboriginal not be more correct as a name for the Australian based team?
Indigenous a very broad term where Maori is Maori
 

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Look I know what aboriginal means if you read the dictionary, but the Maori are literally indigenous new Zealanders.
Would aboriginal not be more correct as a name for the Australian based team?
Indigenous a very broad term where Maori is Maori
Indigenous in Australia generally takes in the broader meaning which encompasses both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

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Look I know what aboriginal means if you read the dictionary, but the Maori are literally indigenous new Zealanders.
Would aboriginal not be more correct as a name for the Australian based team?
Indigenous a very broad term where Maori is Maori

Maori are only one indigenous group, the Moriori exist too (admittedly 900 total). Indigenous All-Stars represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Torres Strait Islanders have their own identity, they are Indigenous but not Aboriginal.
 

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Maori are only one indigenous group, the Moriori exist too (admittedly 900 total). Indigenous All-Stars represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Torres Strait Islanders have their own identity, they are Indigenous but not Aboriginal.
Agreed. But read my post again. . technically they could just say indigenous VS indigenous
 

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WELL to be fair New Zealand hasn’t had live league in 2 years so maybe NZ should have hosted?? Just saying
Still a bit too soon, given the international border uncertainty - NRL being understandably cautious & not scheduling the first Warriors games back in Auckland until mid-year 2022.
 

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WELL to be fair New Zealand hasn’t had live league in 2 years so maybe NZ should have hosted?? Just saying
I think Sydney is ready for this. They've built the game up over years to a point where the spoilt apathetic Sydney fans can embrace it.
 

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