Penrith star Viliame Kikau has revealed his desires to play Origin, with the only issue is being he is currently ineligible for selection.
Kikau has represented Fiji at test level which rules him out of selection discussions under the current rules.
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However, ARL Commissioner Peter V’landys is inspecting a possible change to the State of Origin prerequisites that could see Kikau play for Queensland.
Fellow Pacific Islander Jason Taumalolo expressed interest in representing the Maroons in this year’s series last week, sparking debate over selection criteria for representative football.
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Taumalolo lived in Queensland until the age of 12 but has played for New Zealand, meaning he is unavailable for selection.
Fox Sports have reported that Origin has long been on the mind of Kikau.
“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.”
There is some fight back on the idea of Origin selection opening up, and Kikau can understand why some want the game’s biggest spectacle left alone.
“Looking from the other perspective, you wouldn’t want to change what Origin is all about,” he said.
“It is all about the guys born in NSW and Queensland.
“Obviously, it means a lot to them like it does for us playing for our islander countries.”
Luai is firmly in the camp that Origin is what it is and should stay that way.
“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.”
After receiving an insight into Origin while in Blues camp last year, Luai is desperate to play on the game’s biggest arena.
“I think now that I’ve been in that camp, the Blues are definitely on my radar,” he said.
“It is one of the biggest accolades in the competition.
“Hopefully I can keep improving and one day tick that box of playing Origin.”