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    Senior Maroons have not surrendered hope Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary could be re-classified as a Queensland player.

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      Keary a Queenslander

      By Roy Masters

      July 18, 2019 — 12.00am

      Senior Maroons have not surrendered hope Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary could be re-classified as a Queensland player despite both state league bosses insisting he is eligible to play Origin only for NSW.

      Keary, who was born in Ipswich, grew up idolising former Queensland half Allan Langer and QRL chief executive Rob Moore admits Keary wrote to NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg requesting his NSW status be reviewed.
      Luke Keary is at the centre of a tug-of-war with both NSW and Queensland keen on his services. Luke Keary is at the centre of a tug-of-war with both NSW and Queensland keen on his services.CREDIT:AAP
      Moore said, “When Luke first came on our radar, the eligibility criteria were in place and we looked at them in terms of his case and agreed he was a NSW player. He wrote to Todd questioning the decision and we looked at the criteria again and reached the conclusion he didn’t meet the criteria
      to be a Maroon.”

      However, with Keary three years younger than Queensland’s incumbent half and captain, 30-year-old Daly Cherry-Evans, and the Maroons desperate to reclaim the State of Origin shield, coach Kevin Walters requires experienced game managers. Should Walters be involved in any plan to recruit Keary, it would further demonstrate his commitment to Queensland over the Titans. This year’s Origin series demonstrated the need for both states to have quality halves, with NSW selecting different pairs over the three-game series, while Queensland was forced to shift five-eighth Cameron Munster to fullback for the deciding match following the injury to Kalyn Ponga.

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      A double premiership player at two NRL clubs (Rabbitohs 2014, Roosters 2018) and an Australian representative, Keary is yet to play Origin.

      Claims by senior Maroons to have him re-classified as a Queensland Origin player are based on his dual-state background as an Ipswich junior who moved to Sydney with his family aged 10, played in NSW junior and school competitions, before returning to Queensland for one year where he played State Cup.

      Keary was deemed a NSW player under eligibility rules approved by the ARL Commission in December 2012 but senior Maroons argue the decision can be overturned because it was former NRL chief executive Dave Smith who ruled him a NSW player.

      In January 2013, Keary attended a Queensland Junior Emerging Origin squad camp, only weeks after the ARLC had approved the new eligibility rules. Smith joined the NRL as chief executive the following month.

      The eligibility rules allow for the NRL CEO to make a decision in the event of tied criteria and some Maroons argue Smith ruled for NSW following a split decision in the six-point eligibility test.

      However, former NSWRL chief executive Geoff Carr does not recall Smith being required to make the decision, saying, “Luke definitely failed the criteria which would make him a Queenslander".
      Keary wants to turn out for the Maroons but has been classified as a NSW player. Keary wants to turn out for the Maroons but has been classified as a NSW player.
      Carr’s successor, David Trodden, said he was unaware of any bid to have Keary’s status re-classified, pointing out the Clive Churchill medallist attended all three NSW Origin camps last year.

      Keary was quoted in the Herald in April, 2017 declaring his willingness to play for the Blues, saying, “I’m definitely in their (NSW) boat if they ever need me.”
      The six-point eligibility test was introduced to provide greater clarity following Greg Inglis’ classification as a Maroon


      Under the eligibility rules, Keary appears to fulfil four of the six criteria making him a Blue. NSW is the state where the majority of his year's playing rugby league from Under-6s to Under-18s were spent; it is also the state where the majority of his schooling occurred; where he was first selected in a state-run junior representative competition at Under-15 level, or above (North Sydney Bears Harold Matthews team) and where he represented in a state-based schools competition, being a member of the NSW Independent Schools team which played in the Australian Championships in Burleigh in 2010.

      The six-point eligibility test was introduced to provide greater clarity following Greg Inglis’ classification as a Maroon, simply because Queensland was the state where Inglis first played top grade football after the age of 16.

      But the banana-benders over time have demonstrated a clever capacity to also twist history to suit their claims and, even if they fail on recruiting Keary, they would be delighted to destabilise NSW by suggesting a Blue wants to defect.

      Should Keary play for the Blues next year, he will join three NSW players who were chosen in the 2010 Australian Schoolboys league team to tour England and France: Canberra’s Jack Wighton, who beat him for the five-eighth position, front-rower David Klemmer and fullback James Tedesco
      Last edited by Frozen Chook; 07-18-2019, 09:44 AM.

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        And here I was thinking that garbage Origin period was over.

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          He clearly should have been able to play for QLD.

          But there's no way the NRL will overturn the decision. As pointed out he's been in the last 3 NSW camps and would've played this series if not for the concussions.

          Just desperation from QLD.

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          • #6
            Sometimes smoke doesn't come from fire, but from smouldering Maroons ambitions.

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            • #7
              i don't see Keary doing backflip on his recent NSW allegiance declaration

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              • #8
                Nothing to see here... Move along.
                Build the wall. Keep the Drug Lords out!

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                • #9
                  hell be very happy tp play with his roosters teammates in the blues next season

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                  • #10
                    on another note, those qldreps on the nrl board are so classy, cant see coyne holding onto his position much longer, if he does its because of his qld connections?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rooster_6 View Post
                      He clearly should have been able to play for QLD.

                      But there's no way the NRL will overturn the decision. As pointed out he's been in the last 3 NSW camps and would've played this series if not for the concussions.

                      Just desperation from QLD.
                      If QLD hadn't been dicks and intentionally recruited players with zero connection to QLD (which they got away with because they were losing) then we never woulda had this discussion IMO.

                      That said, I reckon the NRL has to stick by its rules now that they're in place. QLD came within a Tedesco try of taking out the series. Nobody should fall for the trap of feeling sorry for poor QLD for losing back to back series'. They're a bunch of dicks who will take a mile if you give them an inch.

                      They've already started using a NSW player's twin brother. Fukking shameless I swear...

                      Decision's been made... QLD won every game for a decade using a heap of NSW players. If we give them one, they'll sneak a whole army of Kiwis, NSW players, islanders and Poms through while the gate's open. I say let their fair weather fans learn what it's like to lose occasionally. It'll be character building

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                      • #12
                        I will support Keary whoever he wants to represent.

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                        • #13
                          If Keary has stated publicly that he wants to play for Qld than The Blues should never pick him.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by stephenj View Post
                            on another note, those qldreps on the nrl board are so classy, cant see coyne holding onto his position much longer, if he does its because of his qld connections?
                            He was finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that his winning origin try in the final minute is no longer the greatest.

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                              What did he go for a holiday there when he was a kid? Origin is crap and it's over.
                              The real comp starts 3pm sat at the cricket ground.

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