Calm before All Stars storm
NRL All Stars took a break from training ahead of Saturday's clash with the Indigenous All Stars with a surfing lesson at Currumbin Alley yesterday afternoon.
Luckily the rugby league legends were only faced with ankle-height swell as many were less than familiar with the long boards.
Titans' Ashley Harrison was a little more confident than most as he headed out.
“I get out there every now and then on a weekend and have a bit of a go,” he said.
“It's good to get down there with the boys and let them give it a crack.
“There's not much surf around here today but it's good fun to get out here. I mean we've been training all week so it is good to have an opportunity to get in the salt water.”
The All Stars match kicks off on Saturday night at Skilled Park (7.10pm) with some of the top players in the game going head to head.
“It's been great to get around some of the best players in the game, mingle with them,” Harrison said.
“It's the first game for all of us pretty much for the year and it's just about having some fun this week ... come Saturday night we'll be playing some good footy. It's just all about not letting yourself down and not letting the team down – it's a great concept.”
Harrison will play against Titans teammate Scott Prince who is set to wear number six for the indigenous side.
“Usually Princey and I talk quite a bit during the week but he's brushed me this week so he must be taking it seriously,” Harrison said.
“We've probably been through our toughest training in the last month. It's just to get away a bit, different scenery and to freshen up a bit.
“We've had a couple of pretty intense sessions just getting ready for the game but we've got the afternoon off and tomorrow off so it's time to relax and start getting ready for the game.”
NRL.com has tipped the NRL All Stars to come through by six points with attitude and ability the crucial combination.