Depending on what Palaszczuk does, Queensland-based players would be forced to quarantine for a fortnight upon their return home if they travelled to Sydney to train.
And given the NRL season is fast approaching, there is no way the three Queensland clubs will be in the mood to have some of their star players skip pre-season training for two weeks.
Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley may rely on the Gold Coast Titans for some star power. He would love to have the likes of Ash Taylor, Tyrone Peachey and new recruit David Fifita in his side. Even the Cowboys could have the likes of hometown heroes Scott Drinkwater, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and even Reuben Cotter take part.
North Queensland centre Esan Marsters, who represented the New Zealand Maori team last year, was used to promote this year’s event, but now remains a chance to sit out the game in his own backyard.
NSW on Wednesday recorded its 10th straight day without any new local COVID-19 cases.
Latrell Mitchell will once again be the game’s drawcard with South Sydney boss Blake Solly confirming over the weekend there was no way the Indigenous pin-up would miss the clash.
“As long as he’s fit and our medical and coaching staff believe he’s fit enough to play, he’ll play,” Solly said.
“We are 100 per cent behind the All Stars game. We know what it means to the players and their community … it’s a game we should be very proud of.”
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