Minnow nation reps eligible for State of Origin?

Discussion in 'State of Origin and other State Leagues' started by RazorRam0n, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. RazorRam0n

    RazorRam0n Juniors

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2016
    Messages:
    1,452
    Likes Received:
    280
    Why is this bollocks getting airtime?

    SOO is not an all stars game.. You can't have more passion for your heritage than the state you're representing to qualify.

    Go down this path and you'll just end up with kangaroos pulling out of origin because of how irrelevant it will become.
     
  2. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    38,931
    Likes Received:
    2,514
    SOO is not an international game, who gives a shit who players represent in a completely different level of the game.
    Should be open to anyone who fulfills the State eligibility requirements.
     
    gUt likes this.
  3. jim_57

    jim_57 Juniors

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,880
    Likes Received:
    225
    This. I wouldn't even care if there were rare cases of England & NZ internationals meeting Origin criteria and playing.
     
  4. gUt

    gUt Coach

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Messages:
    12,885
    Likes Received:
    1,052
    Agreed, Origin is an exhibition game and should have the very best players available. Overseas players can easily base their eligibility on their first Australian club or whatever. It would strengthen the international scene if the likes of Tamou didn't have to declare for Australia just to get that tasty Origin cash.
     
  5. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    38,931
    Likes Received:
    2,514
    Don't get me wrong, I think Origin should have a strict criteria in itself and anyone who didn't grow up in NSW and QLD should be excluded. But that criteria should have nothing to do with whether someone nominates to represent their heritage.
    Example - Jennings should still be eligible for NSW despite representing Tonga. Taumololo should not be eligible for QLD because he didn't move to Australia until his mid teens.

    On the other hand I'm not as fussed as I used to be about Aus using Origin as a carrot. Up to NZ and the islands to develop their own rep programs instead of relying on whatever scraps Aus decides to throw their way.
     
    Travitoh likes this.
  6. no name

    no name Coach

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    10,890
    Likes Received:
    1,331
    This isn't a new thing.
    Adrian Lam and James McManus come to mind.
    There's probably been more.
     
  7. RecordBreakingMaroons.

    RecordBreakingMaroons. Juniors

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,863
    Likes Received:
    88
    This has been discussed hundreds of times here.

    If you are Australian whose playing history meets origin selection criteria you can play Origin. Being an Australian citizen and nominating to play for another nation during the World Cup doesn't nullify ability to play Origin. If you aren't an Aussie citizen you can't play for NSW/QLD.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017

Share This Page