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Origin eligibility is never black or white, it’s always brown




The debate around Home State eligibility always brings out the best patriotic, passionate, passionate beast in all of us. Well not the best, or bestial, but you know what I mean.

And the recent article by the ever-popular Tony leads to the next obvious step: a dubious analysis of Queensland Origin’s eligibility. The basis for this weak theory is a hand-picked squad of New South Wales-born players.

As a New South Welshman, there’s no doubt in my bitter, traumatized, anti-Nordish mind that Queensland is cheating and breaking the rules by picking guys born in the first state.

Queenslanders rightly and smugly sit back and laugh at this pitiful scandal while reflecting on the maroon-soaked domination of Greg Inglis.

Melbourne-born Timana Tahu, Peter Wallace and Dean Pay would agree that this situation is a farce.

Of course, there are eligibility criteria and a definition of “origin”. Everything is very well documented and explained and easy to follow.

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But who wants that? Come Origin, logic goes out the window, emotion replaces rationality, and we just want to see the biff brought back.

Just like when Samoan-born John Hopoate got into a vicious fight with teammate Danny Moore at the MCG.

Here, then, is what could barely be described as a fair and reasonable exercise, providing a reasoned investigation into why Queensland is a blatant big cheat.

And as we know, cheaters… never win? Well, cheaters win most of the time in Origin.

Oh, don’t start blasting me just yet, Queenslanders. You will have plenty of time for this.

Just read the team of Queensland players born in New South Wales:

1. Robbie O’Davis (Kurrajong)
2. Mat Rogers (Sydney)
3. Greg Inglis (Kempsey)
4. Paul Bowman (Newcastle)
5. Israel Folau (Minto)
6. Julian O’Neill (Hornsby)
7. John Dowling (Murwillumbah)
13. Billy Moore (Tenterfield)
12. Matt Gillett (Macksville)
11. Sam Thaiday (Sydney)
10. Christian Welch (Sydney)
9. Wayne Bartrim (Hat Head)
8. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (Orange)

14. Scott Sattler (Camper)
15. Michael Crocker (Auburn)
16. Chris Flannery (Cowra)
17. Norm Carr (Coffs Harbour)

Coach: Barry Muir (Tweed Heads)

Great Blues team this one, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Origin eligibility is never black or white, it’s always brown

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I had to choose John Dowling at half due to the lack of a proper New South Wales born number seven (glad to be corrected). And John-not-Greg will line up against Toowoomba’s Peter Sterling, with Gold Coast’s “Captain America” ​​Steve Rogers at six.

Or Rogers in centers and Ipswich lad Luke Keary on five-eighth. You would be hard pressed to find a better Queensland/American Ipswich connection.

See, Queensland? You claim that you own Origin. This ownership claim rests on the efforts of these Blues defectors.

So come Wednesday night just before kickoff, you should tap into your inner Billy Moore and shout loud and clear, “Tenterfielder!”

You wonder: would this team have played as well or achieved as much while playing for NSW? Don’t be silly. Of course not.

In the beginning, Queensland had Wally Lewis. And Wally was Origin.

They also started that annoying Queensland habit of always claiming underdog status (NSW unsuccessfully countered with Cattledog).

Queensland has always found a way to win. Queensland fought above their weight for years until they had a team for the ages…and we don’t need to go through that again. Ask Ken Nagas, born in Bundaberg.

Origin eligibility is never black or white, it’s always brown

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Queensland’s wacky efforts to select those hatched in New South Wales are best summed up by Origin historian, eligibility expert and Blues legend Benny Elias.

Benny once lamented, “If these guys are from Queensland, then I’m Swedish. Benny was a great footballer, but bad at geography: he was born in Tripoli, Lebanon.

If anyone was qualified to talk about Lebanese descent eligibility, it would be Benny. Or Hazem El Masri, also born in Tripoli.

Benny’s Swedish claim gains credence when you consider some of the True Blues he shed blue blood with during Origin.

Think Ian Roberts (born in England), Mario Fenech (born in Malta) or Chris Johns, born in Brisbane, in the back.

See? More examples of Elias’ theory that Queenslanders suffer from a chronic statewide form of Stockholm Syndrome.

And don’t even get me started on those born overseas who claim to be eligible for Queensland Origin. It’s a joke. James Tamou, Willie Mason, Aku Uate and James McManus often laugh it out loud.

So that fixes the problem then. When it comes to deciding who is eligible to play State of Origin, it’s never black or white: it’s always Maroon.




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