Dave Taylor at Broncos training during last year’s finals series.
Dave Taylor at Broncos training during last year’s finals series. Bradley Kanaris

Taylor bursts into All Stars

BLACKWATER rugby league star Dave Taylor has burst into the star-studded NRL All Stars team.

The former Broncos enforcer was yesterday named in the NRL All Stars side that will take on the Indigenous All Stars at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast next month.

Central Queensland league fans will have plenty to cheer about when the February 13 clash kicks off, with fellow Blackwater product PJ Marsh to line-up for the Indigenous team.

New South Sydney recruit Taylor topped the voting for the Rabbitohs’ representation in the team, even though he hasn’t played a game yet.

Taylor said the support from the Rabbitohs fans gave him “chills” and admitted he was surprised to get a nod over hooker Isaac Luke.

Taylor was one of only three players in the 20-man NRL All Stars squad – alongside Nate Myles and Alan Tongue – that haven’t yet represented their country. Brisbane star Israel Folau topped the public vote for the NRL All Stars side

NRL All Stars coach Wayne Bennett was pleased with the public voting. With both teams boasting plenty of strike power, Bennett joked the game might produce a 38-36 scoreline.

The teams

NRL All Stars: Billy Slater (Melbourne), Israel Folau (Brisbane), Michael Jennings (Penrith), Matt Cooper (St George Illawarra), Manu Vatuvei (New Zealand), Darren Lockyer (Brisbane), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Adam Blair (Melbourne), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Dave Taylor (South Sydney), Anthony Watmough (Manly), Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers), Luke O’Donnell (North Queensland), Kurt Gidley (Newcastle), Anthony Tupou (Cronulla), Nate Myles (Sydney Roosters), Alan Tongue (Canberra), Luke Bailey (Gold Coast), Josh Morris (Canterbury), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta).

Indigenous All Stars: Carl Webb (North Queensland), Cory Paterson (Newcastle), Daine Laurie (Penrith), George Rose (Manly), Greg Inglis (Melbourne), Jamal Idris (Canterbury), Jamie Soward (St George Illawarra), Jharal Yow Yeh (Brisbane), Joel Thompson (Canberra), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland), Blake Ferguson (Cronulla), Nathan Merritt (South Sydney), PJ Marsh (Brisbane), Preston Campbell (Gold Coast), Sam Thaiday (Brisbane), Scott Prince (Gold Coast), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Canberra), Travis Waddell (Canberra), Wendell Sailor (St George Illawarra), Yileen Gordon (Canterbury).



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