RUGBY LEAGUE: The region's best rugby league talent is set to play the Mackay Cutters, and a local Brahman is the man behind the idea.
The Mackay Rugby League All Stars team is the brainchild of Brahmans' secretary Michael Lee, with the local competition's fans to pick their best players to tackle the Cutters on February 6.
Players from the Mackay team will be voted on by the public - with two players from each club named in the All Stars side.
Lee said there were three key reasons behind the inception of the idea.
"To show the quality of Mackay Rugby League because it's a strong competition and it can compete," he explained.
"There are players in that competition who are Q-Cup standard.
"It (the All Stars game) also gives blokes a chance who may not get a shot at Q-Cup level. There are plenty of guys who can handle it and would do well; they just haven't been given the opportunity through the normal system.
"It also brings all the clubs together. We (Mackay and District Rugby League teams) should be supplying them (the Cutters) with players and it gives them another chance to look at bringing in local players."
The All Stars game also illustrates a pathway for young players, giving them a goal to aim for.
In other news, Les Stagg Oval will host a trial game between the North Queensland Cowboys' under-20s and the Mackay Cutters on February 13.
The Brahmans will also play a trial on the day however the opponent is yet to be confirmed.
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