How to watch the NRL All Stars: Indigenous vs Maori live and free
The Maori side ran over the top of their Indigenous counterparts 12 months ago. Who will claim bragging rights this year?
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An All Stars match has been held since 2010 in various forms. Last season the Maori team triumphed 30-16 thanks largely to livewire Kiwi international hooker Brandon Smith, who scored two second-half tries to ice the match.
The Indigenous side will be hell-bent on revenge this year when sadly, seven Melbourne Storm players have been scratched from the annual showpiece event. That was due to border restrictions in the wake of a five-day lockdown in Victoria.
When is the NRL All Stars match?
Kick-off between the Indigenous and Maori All Stars is at 7:10pm local time (8:10pm AEDT) on Saturday 20 February at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville. There is also a curtain-raiser, with the Indigenous Women's All Stars vs New Zealand Maori Ferns kicking off at 5:40pm AEDT.
How to watch the NRL All Stars match
Watch the NRL All Stars match on free-to-air
Channel 9 is showing both the women's and men's All Star games on its secondary channel 9Gem due to the Australian Open. The women's clash is being shown on 9Gem and 9Gem HD from 5:30pm AEDT, with the men's match coverage commencing on the same channels from 7:30pm AEDT.
Stream the NRL All Stars match on Kayo Sports
On Kayo Sports, you get non-stop NRL action in the one place. The women's All Stars match flows into a pre-game show for the men and then the showpiece clash. It's all live and all in HD.
Kayo has a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis. Available shortly after matches have completed, you can then watch a condensed version. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline.
We have put together a full review of Kayo for you. The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Subscriptions are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens. There are no lock-in contracts and you can cancel at any time.
2021 Indigenous All Stars vs Maori All Stars teams
Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Penrith five-eighth Jarome Luai and his Panthers teammate James Fisher-Harris are among the players selected in the Maori side.
There will be plenty of attention on South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell, who will line-up at fullback for the Indigenous side in his return from a serious hamstring injury suffered last NRL season. Jack Wighton shifts to the centres to accommodate Indigenous skipper Cody Walker while Gold Coast Titans marquee recruit David Fifita is a big inclusion for the Indigenous outfit coached by Laurie Daley.
Indigenous All Stars: 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.
Maori All Stars squad: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Joey 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.
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Who will win the NRL All Stars match?
We're expecting the Indigenous All Stars to win fairly comfortably thanks to the scourge of COVID-19, which has stripped the Maori side of six Melbourne players while their rivals have only lost one Storm gun - electric winger Josh Addo-Carr.
Without brothers Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, giant Nelson Asofa-Solomona, nippy halfback Jahrome Hughes, Reimis Smith and rugged rake Brandon Smith, the Maoris are missing a lethal six-pack full of punch and power.
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