All Stars game to return to the Coast

The NRL All Stars game will return to the Gold Coast in 2015.

It was last held in Brisbane last year after being postponed in 2014 due to the introduction of the Auckland Nines.

NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said the pre-season blockbuster would be held on February 13 at the Gold Coast Titans’ home ground where it all began in 2010.


He said Queensland had locked up the event for the next two years but would not rule out a return to Brisbane in 2016.

The Gold Coast hosted the first three All Star games before its popularity forced powerbrokers to move it to Brisbane’s larger Suncorp Stadium in 2013.

This year’s All Stars program will feature four games in all.

Apart from the NRL clash, under 16s, women’s and indigenous mixed touch football All Stars games will be held as part of the festival.

Fan votes will pick the 20-strong Indigenous All Star team coached by Laurie Daley.

Greenberg said almost 3000 votes had already been received after polls opened on Monday with Greg Inglis and Sam Thaiday the most popular.

The NRL All Stars team will be selected by coach Wayne Bennett.

The week leading up to the All Stars clash will include players chiming into school and community visits, a youth summit workshop and store signing sessions.