Rugby League

Robbie Farah to step up for Wests Tigers against Melbourne Storm after brushing All Stars

All Stars no-show Robbie Farah will run out for the Wests Tigers in Saturday night's NRL trial against Melbourne on the Sunshine Coast.

Farah had initially been picked to feature in the World All Stars side that will tackle the Indigenous team on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

However, the hooker withdrew  because he had won a ticket to see Monday's Super Bowl 50 in the US. He reportedly paid $15,000 in a charity auction to win a seat at the Super Bowl played at Levi's Stadium.

Farah instead will don the Tigers' colours at Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana Waters this weekend after being named in a strong squad that also features recruits Jordan Rankin, Tim Grant, Josh Aloiai and Jesse Parahi.

Ten players  from  the  Auckland Nines last weekend — including other off-season signings Josh Addo-Carr, Michael Chee Kam, Rod Griffin and Jack Littlejohn —  have also been named.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of the guys play, in particular some of the new recruits who will get their first run of the year this weekend," Tigers coach Jason Taylor said.

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"We've done some really good work in training with plenty of opposed sessions, which aimed at putting us under the pressure of game situations, but there's nothing like actually playing an opposition team.

"Coming up against the Melbourne Storm, who are strong side, will give us a much better feel for how things are going."

 AAP

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