A review, to be led by former Tigers star Wayne Pearce, is set to commence in the coming days and weeks over the state of the rules.
Under current policy, players who declare for Tonga, Samoa, or other Tier 2 nations like Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands among others can still declare to play State of Origin, provided they meet the eligibility rules that they were either born in New South Wales or Queensland, or played their first football in the state by the age of 13.
Players like Jason Taumalolo, who moved to Townsville at the age of 13, could be allowed to play Origin in the future if the rule change goes through, and Wayne Pearce told the publication that Origin should be more than an Australian selection trial now.
“This is only my personal view and it's that the Origin concept has evolved,” Pearce said.
“There are now so many international players in the game that Origin should no longer be seen as purely a pathway to representation for Australia - on the proviso that players fulfil the criteria of eligibility for State of Origin.
“State of Origin should be a pathway to international football, not just playing for Australia, but they must fulfil the criteria as it's already set out.”
It's understood the review has not yet commenced thanks to drawn out negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement, with clubs still unclear as to their final salary cap figure for the 2023 season.
Despite that, the review will kick-off over the off-season with a decision expected by the start of the 2023 campaign, and, as a result, a possible change to the rules.
New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler has spoken out on the issue in recent times as well, suggesting that a player like Sebastian Kris who has now declared for New Zealand not being able to play isn't acceptable given the Canberra centre once played in a Fittler-coached junior Blues side. Reimis Smith, who plays for the Melbourne Storm, is in the same boat.
"I wonder why these players don't have the chance to play for NSW because of the heritage of their father, while also getting the ability to play international football."
Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'Landys said it wouldn't be an easy process changing the rules.
“The Origin review will happen again and we will seek everyone's views and come to a landing," V'Landys said.
“But I must stress that a lot of people didn't want changes to the rules last time so it won't be an easy process.”
The 2023 State of Origin series will be played in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.