I’ve been stewing on this idea for a bit now since watching the NBA equivalent, and I think it could transition quite well to the NRL. It has been a case of a team of rookies playing a team of sophomores, but in recent years it’s been a schoolyard style pick and play with ex-player coaches. I prefer the latter myself, and I think it could make an interesting addition to a sort of pre-season All Stars festival if they decide to take it that way (which they should, with Nines, Indigenous vs Maori All-Stars, City-Country and a Pacific Nations carnival).
Without a complete list of debutantes over the last two years, here’s a few cobbled together teams.
1. James Tedesco / Matt Moylan
2. Josh Mansour / David Nofoaluma
3. Ken Sio / Dylan Walker
4. Mahe Fonua / Konrad Hurrell
5. Jorge Taufua / Daniel Tupou
6. Aidan Sezer / Anthony Milford
7. Luke Brooks / Adam Reynolds
8. David Klemmer / Kenny Bromwich
10. Kane Evans / Ava Seumanufagai
11. Curtis Sironen / Tohu Harris
12. Josh Jackson / Michael Chee Kam
13. Suaso Sue / ?
Coaches: Gorden Tallis / Andrew Johns
Like I said, I don’t have much information on who’s debuted over the last few years, but that’s just a quick look of what the sides might shape up like. I guess it’s just a glorified NYC All Stars game, but I still think it could be an interesting concept. Thoughts/ideas on teams or coaches?