Sharks front rower Andrew Fifita did not show any regret in his decision to play with Tonga instead of NSW this weekend, but he did say he would happily take part in Game III if the Queenslanders level the series.
The Blues will have to make the tough decision on whether or not they'll add Fifita to the team if they lose Game II Sunday night.
Rugby league's rules have resulted in Fifita being able to play this Saturday for Tonga, as well as be open for selection if the State of Origin continues on to game three.
Fifota understands that a lot fans would not agree with him being there for one game, but said "it's always an option".
Queensland have lived this scenario in the past when Allen Langer was sent an SOS from England to help the Maroons claim victory back in 2001.
"My hand will be up, no matter what,'' Fifita told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"I always said game two was off because of where I am now with Tonga. I have every faith NSW will get the job done. I have a job to do here [with Tonga]. If I [go back] and do my job at club level, anything is possible. It's up them in the long run."
The Blues will already be without Reagan Campbell-Gillard on Sunday, who is out for the remainder of the series with a broken jaw. Ryan James would be the next front-rower to be called up if there was an injury.
Brad Fittler will also be able to call Trent Merrin and Aaron Woods up as options in the event of further front-row injuries.
Unfortunately for the Blues, Fifita is a cut above the replacements. Not many can stop him when he catches fire, something he'll be looking to do when he takes the field for Tonga in Sydney's south west.
Fifita spoke on how excited he was for Cronulla teammate Matt Prior who will make his State of Origin debut on the weekend. Fifita went so far as to call Prior "the best defender in the NRL".
"He's a bit older than the other boys in there but he won't let anyone down," Fifita said. "For someone to lead their pack, it will be Matty, especially in defence. It's a massive achievement for him. He knows about the big stage and he won't feel the nerves."
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