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Anthony Mundine has taken time out from preparing to defend his WBA super-middleweight title against Japan's Yoshinoro Nishizawa at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Monday to support to the NASCA Aboriginal All Stars side in the World Sevens Competition.
NASCA CEO David Liddiard received a phone call from Mundine to enquire about the team's progress and how he could help their preparation.
" 'Choc' is an icon amongst all indigenous athletes not only for what he has achieved but also for his great passion for his people," liddiard said.
" A lot of the boys will be in his corner on Monday night," Liddiard continued. "To have him in our corner on Wednesday would be something special."
Mundine said he was happy to be part of the team and hoped to meet the players in camp and support them at St Marys on Wednesday.
"All Aboriginal athletes aspire to represent their people and I hope the NRL provide more opportunities for the players to do so," Mundine said.
"It would have been a highlight of my rugby league career if I had been given a similar opportunity,
NASCA had hoped to resurrect the famous Mundine- Blacklock partnership through pairing Nathan with Mundine's cousin Beau who is currently playing with Souths, but both players have been selected for their respective clubs.
Liddiard said the NASCA team wished all the other indigenous players the best in playing for their club sides and said this reflected the depth of indigenous talent in the game.
"On Tuesday night we will be joined by a number of the Sydney-based players who would have loved to play for the side if not for their club commitments," Liddiard said.
"If we get through to the weekend it will be great to catch up with all the boys," Liddiard concluded. "It is a great opportunity for all the indigenous players to get together."