Newcastle seems to be the new destination for the star players this season. The NRL All Stars game is coming up and as Ashley Gordon puts it, it is certainly going to be more than a mere football game of the season. It would be held at the Hunter Stadium.
The game was announced recently and is the seventh game to be played in the pre season exhibition round. It is the first game scheduled to be played outside Queensland. It would be held in Newcastle in the New Year in the month of February. Gordon states that rugby means a lot to the aboriginals and him being an aboriginal player himself of Newcastle, he would surely know what such a game would mean to the locals.
Gordon states that these games are great to witness as the locals get involved and make the games emotional from the very beginning. For those who are looking to bring about an air of reconciliation, they can use rugby league games as the perfect vehicle. Gordon feels that this is an important and unique aspect of rugby games. It helps to bring people together on a common platform unlike how other games do. The air is a positive one, especially in an All Stars game.
With no divide, friction and racism, it helps to foster a positive environment. Gordon has also put in a proposal that Newcastle RL be able to stage their own local match which will bring together the local players and give them an opportunity to play. Such a game will also act as a curtain raiser to the main game that is planned. His proposal has been put forward to the Newcastle Rugby League board and they are considering the matter. The next season will have the World Cup coming up as well due to which the All Stars games will take a recess.