Russell Packer is among the host of players added to the All Stars squads after Melbourne’s players were wiped out.

Wests Tigers enforcer Russell Packer headlines the host of players drafted into the NRL All Stars squads to replace the Melbourne Storm players on Saturday.

The NRL was forced last Friday to withdraw all seven Storm players from the exhibition clash between the Indigenous All Stars and Maori All Stars at North Queensland Stadium due to Melbourne’s return to lockdown and strict border restrictions.

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That ruled out Indigenous speedster Josh Addo-Carr and the Maori squad’s Reimis Smith, Jahrome Hughes, Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, Brandon Smith and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

The NRL today announced that Packer, Isaac Luke, Esan Marsters, Daejarn Asi, Emry Pere and Jackson Topine had joined the Maori squad, while Corey Thompson has been added to the Indigenous All Stars.

Laurie Daley is the coach of the Indigenous squad and David Kidwell is leading the Maoris.

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