The iconic kiwi-figure playing for Ireland, sound’s ridiculous?
Luke put his hand up and tried to prove his eligibility through his grandparent’s. He ended up being eligible, however, it was too little too late as he didn’t get the paperwork in time to Ireland coach Mark Aston.
“We got a list from the NRL telling us who qualifies and Issac Luke, who qualifies through his grandparents, put his hands up,” Aston said.
“We’re a bit gutted because he didn’t get the paperwork in on time. I think he thought he’d probably play for New Zealand and by the time he came back to us the chance has gone.
“But he wants to play for Ireland one day.”
Luke Keary also expressed his ambition to join the Ireland team, however, requires surgery in the off-season.
“Luke Keary would have also been massive for us. He 100 percent wants to play and we were excited to have him but he had to pull out to have hip surgery.”
Luke represented the Kiwis on 37 occasions, however, was overlooked this time around in favour of selecting a younger team leaving Kodi Nikorima and Danny Levi to battle it out for the No. 9 position.