Brisbane enforcer Tevita Pangai Junior has dispelled any rumours about his State of Origin allegiances, after reportedly committing to New South Wales.
The 23-year-old has told Blues coach Brad Fittler he wants to represent NSW in the Origin series, with Nine’s Danny Weidler confirming the news on Monday night.
“Tevita Pangai Junior has told Brad Fittler he wants to play for NSW, simple as that,” Weidler told 100% Footy.
“I spoke to Freddy today and he’s said that he’s going to reaffirm that with him but as of late last year there was no question that’s what he wants to do this year.
“In that case it’s a sealed deal for this year that he wants to be a Blue which is great news for NSW, not so good for QLD.”
Pangai Junior was initially hesitant at representing New South Wales due to his Tonga eligibility, although any fears an Origin selection would mean a Kangaroos selection have been shut down.
“I can tell you he is eligible [for Origin] and because he’s a Tier 2 player I don’t think Meninga has got a right to try and get him to play for Australia,” Weidler added.
Pangai Junior has played 56 first grade games for Brisbane, and has represented Tonga four times.