Despite being a major supporter for Polynesian development in rugby league, Meninga told The Daily Telegraph that he thinks players must have the prerequisite of being in the selection pool for Australia before being in contention for a call up to either the Maroons or Blues.
“My preference is that if you make yourself available for NSW and Queensland that first and foremost you are available for the Kangaroos,” Meninga said.
“You might describe that as selfish but I want to keep the fabric of Origin clean.
“I’m a huge fan of the international game and I don’t begrudge players wanting to play for their ancestors and their country.
“Would that weaken the Blues or Origin? I don’t think so.”
Luai is of Samoan descent and has previously flagged his desires to continue to represent the Polynesian island country in the future and add to his five international caps.
The Fijian forward told Fox Sports earlier this year that he would be ready for the Origin stage should representation requirements change in his favour.
“That (Origin) has always been around the radar, so if the rules change and I get my opportunity it would be good,” Kikau said.
“I want to play my best footy here with Penrith, but if the rule changes and the opportunity comes by then I’m willing to have a crack.
“A lot of people have asked me about that, but with the rules I can’t play.
“I also haven’t talked to an islander who has played Origin just to ask exactly how they felt.”
Tongan international Jason Taumalolo sparked debate when he pleaded his case for an Origin call-up.
At the time, Luai said that state representation should remain traditional and avoid a prerequisite shake-up.
“Looking at the rules, if you have played for New Zealand you can’t play Origin and it would be pretty weird if they switched that up,” Luai said.
“I think it would wreck a lot of things that they have built on in Origin.
“I’m not sure where they are going to go with it, but I know a lot of people would like to see Taumalolo in a Maroons jersey.”