MAL Meninga will coach the 2017 World All Stars team at the All Stars match in Newcastle on February 10.
Wayne Bennett has stepped down to concentrate on his Broncos and England commitments in 2017.
Meninga, fresh from winning the Four Nations with the Kangaroos said he was looking forward to the coaching some of the best players from around the globe.
“I thought the concept of a World All Stars team was a terrific step forward for the match when it was introduced this year,” Meninga told NRL.com.
“The camaraderie not only between the Australian players, but also amongst the players from competing nations during the Four Nations was very evident and I know from speaking with the players that the All Stars match is one of the highlights of the year.
“Wayne continues to be a tremendous advocate for this game and in particular, what it stands for.
“I will be taking his legacy forward and I encourage as many Indigenous and non-Indigenous fans to get to the game in Newcastle next February.”
Meninga will join Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley in Sydney next week to announce their teams for the clash at Hunter Stadium.
Tickets for the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match are available at www.nrl.com/tickets.