20 Jun 2012

Bluey and former Queensland prop say jersey being degraded

11:20 am on 20 June 2012

The Warriors coach Brian McClennan says the Australian Rugby League Commission must step in to stop the New South Wales and Queensland Origin sides poaching New Zealand players.

Palmerston-North born James Tamou switched allegiance to represent the Kangaroos in April's Anzac Test, a decision motivated by his desire to play for New South Wales.

And now fellow front row giant Sam Kasiano, who was born and raised in Auckland, is reportedly poised to be named in the Maroons side for the Origin III decider on July the 4th. The Bulldog says he'll play for whichever Origin side picks him first.

McClennan, a former Kiwis coach, says the ARLC must address the problem before it destroys the international game.

He says that's the ARLC's job and what's happening is the wrong move - but McClennan says with players receiving a $50,000 pay packet for each Origin match they play, it's easy to see why New Zealanders are turning their back on the black jersey.

The Warriors and former Queensland prop Jacob Lillyman agrees with his coach that players taking a mercenary approach to State of Origin is degrading to both Origin and international league.

Lillyman says if the game wants to strengthen on an international level then this needs to be sorted out, but the current situation is disappointing.