SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Andrew Fifita of the Blues reacts before game two of the State Of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita could return to the Origin arena this season, despite recently turning his back on New South Wales.

NSW adviser Greg Alexander confirmed the Blues’ hierarchy have no choice but to consider bringing Fifita in for game one, even though he won’t be available for the second game of the series.

Fifita recently committed to playing for Tonga just days before Origin II, which many thought would have been enough to put a line through him for the entire 2018 series.

However, after the 28-year-old put in a man-of-the-match performance against the Raiders last weekend, Alexander says the front rower has been one of the best in the NRL over the past month.

“We haven’t had an in-depth discussion about where it falls and what could happen. But his form has been outstanding,” Alexander told on Friday.

“I think Andrew has been the form front rower over the past month. He’s done a great job without the senior players there (at Cronulla).

“If he is available for games one and three it’s certainly worth thinking about.”

If Fifita is selected, he could potentially play in games one and three, while missing game two playing for Tonga.


  1. He should be picked just as Adrian Lam was always picked for Qld when he was the New Guinea captain and opted to never play for Australia.

    • Different circumstances. Lam was only picked because of the SL war. If they had not relaxed the rules there would not have been a series. Also I don’t remember Lam declining an origin to play for PNG.

      • If a Test match was scheduled when Origin was on during the years between 1995-2000 when Lam played 14 games for Qld there would not of been any hesitation in Lam choosing New Guinea over the state side. But the League was run with a bit more common sense than these days and no tests were played for players to have to make such a choice during Origin.

        Yes it is true Queensland only had one halfback in Langer during the League War who was a traitor to “Super League” and as Lam grew up in Queensland playing his junior football there made him eligible just as Fifita has grown up in NSW and made him eligible. So in fact tommyknockers it is exactly the same case as each other. Both are Australian citizens who wants to play for their Heritage country but are still eligible under the rules to play for their state. As long as it does not interfere with their country of Origin team which comes first. Exact same circumstances.

  2. As he is legible to play he should be one of the first picked.
    One of, if not the best prop in the game at the moment.
    If we are picking on form he is a must.
    Would rather have him there for two games than none at all.

  3. Have to agree, Fifita is the best prop going around atm , him being given the captaincy has enhanced his game and NSW need to bite the bullet and select him

  4. No he needs not be selected, state of origin isn’t won on skill it’s won on passion and comraderie, play all or play none…
    If he plays who misses out?? Vaughan, RCG, Klemmer,?????

      • But your forgetting Sharon woods is there first player picked, so with carrying a utility type and also jdb one other prop misses out, state of origin is team culture and players are not going to like Fifita Golding nsw ransom with his demands… its great he chose to help Samoa out but he should leave it there, and besides we’d worked out how to handle Fifita last year, just watch game 2 again

  5. I know I wasn’t for it, then I guess it’s good because it’ll only give us a better chance of winning. I see the halves battle between Keary and Cleary to partner Maloney in the halves now that Green has been ruled out, Moses not doing as good as expected with his club struggling and Brooks still a few years away from being ready for Origin.

    1. Tedesco
    2. Addo-Carr
    3. Mitchell
    4. Aitken
    5. Trobjevic
    6. Maloney
    7. Cleary
    8. Vaughan
    9. Cook
    10. Fifita
    11. Cordner
    12. Frizell
    13. Trobjevic

    14. Peachey
    15. Campbell-Gillard
    16. Klemmer
    17. De Belin

    18. Graham if fit will be in there somewhere
    19. Crichton
    20. Sims

  6. Let us New South Welshman reach out to our wonderful Indigenous and Pacific community people and those young men growing up in our great state and it’s right now the best time and opportunity to select a NSW Blues team full of the best young talent and so many of them are from these families.
    1. Tedesco
    2. Addo-Carr
    3. Mitchell
    4. Roberts
    6. Keary
    7. Cleary
    8. Campbell-Gillard
    9. Cook
    10. Fifita
    11. De Belin
    12. Frizell
    13. J.Trobjevic
    14. Peachey
    15. Simms
    16. Klemmer
    17. Pangai Jnr.
    Peachey can cover all positions. Cook playing so well though McInnes would be fine. This group is the form group of players – really in the whole comp. It would bring NSW closer with our Aboriginal and Islander communities that I sometimes feel that Queensland are maybe more welcoming to them than NSW. Of course, there are far more redneck racists in Queensland but NSW seems not to be in the heart of these communities and peoples. This has to change and it should start right now – and all the players would be there on merit and current form. Pick Fifita and Pangai – they are New South Welshman. Lets blow Queensland away with good old fashioned speed and power and skill in huge amounts. Bring the pride back. Make those communities proud to be Blues. Think of the great places that we come from – Whether they come from Sydney, Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter, the bush, the Illawarra, the Blue Mountains or the Snowy – from Bourke to Manly, from Kingscliff to Bega, Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Wagga, Byron Bay, , Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Nowra, Tamworth, Batemans Bay or Coffs – we can have our whole great state behind our best athletes – in the greatest game of all – and come together.

  7. I though Fitler wanted rid of all the grubs. Why pick Fifita? Just because he is playing well? Team culture should be above one player.

  8. Cleary was pretty rusty for the Panthers , against the Tigers. With so little game time lately & game fitness, will NSW selectors throw him into State Of Origin? Will only have one other game before the NSW team is picked.
    The knee didn’t look completely fine with strapping on it.
    Listening to Gould talking about Fittler’s thoughts about team selections. Fittler wants as clean a slate as possible , without players who are used to losing to Queensland. I think we may be surprised with no Maloney & no Cleary in the NSW team. No Maloney for sure!

    • Really east of the divide ???
      I thought Cleary was fine in his first game back ! Brandy Alexander said yesterday there’s a need for experience as well as youth. But form is the ultimate guide. There will be a few surprises but surely we won’t have 17 debutants ???

  9. No definitely not. He made his choice and now is saying he’s available for games 1 & 3 ?? Sorry Andrew but you’re all in or nothing. The eligibility thing doesn’t worry me but you can’t flip and flop when it suits. He is on his day the best in the game ( game 1 last year) but he can go missing as well and be a loose cannon. But ultimately I don’t care if he’s the greatest to lace on a boot… NTBPA !!

  10. Actually The PM pearl, I’m hearing as many as 11 debutants. Whether that’s right or not, guess we’ll soon see?
    I thought Penrith looked better in attack with Maloney running the show from halfback. Guess that’s a matter of opinion? Which would be expected as Cleary has been out for so long. He should get better.
    Do you think it’s fair to throw Cleary into the NSW side , when he’s has so little game time this year & said himself that he was struggling by the end of the Tigers game . Not match fit yet. State Of Origin is a lot harder than a club game.

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