England could face All Stars test

England could face a Super League All Stars team in a mid-season fixture if clubs agree to plans put forward by the RFL.

The governing body wants to revive the Other Nationalities XIII concept to provide England with tougher opposition after a series of one-sided matches against France.

Under the proposals supporters would be invited to vote for which overseas players should feature in the All Stars side. A similar initiative has proven extremely popular in Australia, with thousands of fans voting to select NRL and Indigenous All Stars teams who met in a match to launch the 2010 season.

The RFL has now asked the 14 Super League clubs for approval to go ahead with the plan and the match could be introduced this season.

Some clubs are likely to have concerns about risking their star players in the game however it is believed that the final team will only feature one player from each club.

There has been widespread support for such a fixture within the game with leading players and coaches lending their support to the concept.

Many fans would also relish the opportunity to watch a team featuring the likes of Wigan’s Pat Richards, Warrington fullback Brett Hodgson and new Hull KR signing Willie Mason do battle against England.

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