Two cultures will collide this weekend as the Maori and Indigenous All Stars clash on the Gold Coast - and Orange's Kaitlyn Phillips will be right in the thick of it.
Phillips will line up for the Indigenous side along as one of the country's best young talent and have the chance to learn off Shaylee Bent, Shakiah Tungai and newly-named skipper Tallisha Harden.
The former Vipers and current Mountees backrower named Bent, Tungai and Harden as those she was looking forward to playing alongside, plus former captain Rebecca Young.
"It's such a talented team, Bec Young has done everything in football ... players like Tallisha, Shaylee and Shakiah, those girls have repped at the highest level," Phillips said in January.
Young has stepped aside from leading the Indigenous side in 2020, with the Brisbane-born Harden "privileged and honoured" to be taking the reins.
"It means a lot, it's always hard taking over from someone like Rebecca Young who's been such a mainstay in the team for so long," Harden told NRL.com.au in the lead-up to the game on Friday.
"All the girls look up to her and she's been such a big support for me to lead these next generation of young girls."
Harden said she wanted to "do everyone proud" in the "really, really special" clash.
She said the squad - which has been together on and off since they were announced at the end of January was all "so close" and had come to love the feeling of putting on the Indigenous jumper Phillips and her teammates will wear on Saturday.
"It's hard to describe, you feel 10-foot tall and invincible because you've got so much to play for, your community, your family.
"It's something we take seriously ... hopefully we can show that on Saturday, throw the ball around and play some blackfella footy and do people proud."
Play begins at 5.10pm on Saturday, with the match to be shown on Channel 9.
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