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 foxsports.com.au 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.