He is one of the most destructive wingers in the NRL, and in full flight is a pleasure to watch for opposition fans, but unfortunately, for the NRL, Manu Vautvei has been forced to withdraw from the All-Stars game.

Still suffering pain, and the effects of his broken arm sustained during the Four Nations, Vatuvei is disappointed that he will be unable to play in the game; one that he believes is a great spectacle.

Vatuvei, who was the leading winger in the All-Stars voting, which closes on the 27th January, has been replaced by new Warriors recruit Krisnan Inu.

“It is a great concept and the whole week of promotions and activities last year to support Indigenous Australians was a great experience,” Vatuvei said.

“Getting to play alongside players like Darren Lockyer and other Kangaroos and NRL club players was also amazing. I am really disappointed to not get the chance to play again this year.”

With Vatuvei’s withdrawal from the game, it causes more confusion for voters, as Akuila Uate and Kurt Gidley, both from the Knights are looking to get a spot in the side.

“Well they both sound great; both wonderful players to watch,” Bennett said. “Only problem is if you pick someone like Uate, you leave someone like Gidley out.

“…Gidley certainly offers far more versatility, but you have to try and get a balanced team, so it just depends if Gidley or Uate fits into that.”

By ricky

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