With Origin I now under two months away and some players having had better starts to the year than others, we have decided to have a look at which players are in danger of missing out on selection for Origin I. With the reasons ranging from injury to suspension, to just plain bad form.
5. Jack de Belin
If I was a betting man, I would put my house on Jack de Belin missing out on selection for Origin I.
After being charged with aggravated sexual assault and the NRL’s subsequent decision to stand de Belin down on their new no-fault stand down policy, the St George Illawarra lock’s hopes of retaining his Blues jersey were all but dashed.
Even if he were to be victorious in challenging the legality of the NRL’s new policy over the coming weeks in court, it would be extremely tough to build up a base of match fitness and a portfolio demanding his selection in the team in such a limited time frame prior to Origin I.
And with fellow middle forwards Jake Trbojevic and Tevita Pangai Junior having had explosive starts to the season, de Belin would be hard pressed retaining his position even if he was free of the scandal he finds himself in.