Preston Campbell, who was a staunch promoter and advocate for the event, was forced to make the decision, as he felt that if that he was not at 100% for the game, then it would be in both his and the teams best interests, if he stepped down.
It was a niggling hamstring injury that has plagued Campbell for much of the off-season, but it is not an injury that is expected to keep him out of the Titans Round 1 clash.
“It’s disappointing to miss out, particularly because it’s such a big game for me,” Campbell said.
“But I’m only about 80 per cent fit at the moment and because it’s such a significant game for a lot of people, it’s only fair to have the strongest team out there on the field.
“The positive thing is that I’ll still be involved in all the great community activities that happen off the field during All Stars week.”
Cowboys half Jonathon Thurston has been given the nod to be the new captain of the Indigenous All-Stars side for the match.
“Taking on the role of captain in a side that represents my people is very special and I’ll be doing everything I can to live up to the high standard that Preston set as the inaugural captain of the side last year,” said Thurston.
Parramatta hooker Anthony Mitchell will replace the injured Campbell in the match, whilst Warriors utility Joel Moon has also been given a call-up, in light of an injury to Broncos forward Sam Thaiday.