Former Raider Travis Waddell makes the Indigenous All Stars cut. Photo: Stuart Walmsley
Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley has delivered a massive selection shock by choosing discarded former Canberra Raiders hooker Travis Waddell in his starting line-up this afternoon.
Despite being released by the Raiders after four years at the club at the end of last year, the 23-year-old has retained his place in the squad for the fourth straight year.
In a just reward for their strong finish to the year, the Raiders boast the most representation in the Indigenous All Stars squad, with five players selected.
After his breakout 2012, Reece Robinson has won a wing spot along with teammate Blake Ferguson.
And, as revealed in The Canberra Times last week, Jack Wighton and Jake Foster are the Raiders surprise selections on the bench.
Bulldogs recruit Foster is a huge shock, having only played ten NRL games.
But a lack of depth in the forward ranks, compounded by injuries to Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Sam Thaiday, means the 24-year-old has been given his opportunity.
Wighton, who only turns 20 next week, has been chosen for his utility value after playing his first nine NRL games last year at wing and centre.
As expected Raiders Test prop David Shillington has claimed the Raiders NRL All Stars spot, and will start from the bench.
Shillington last played the match in 2010, with fullback Josh Dugan the club's representative the past two years.
The All Stars match will be held at Suncorp Stadium on February 9.