This week we saw what many people believe is the pinnacle of rugby league.
That’s because we saw New South Wales and Queensland clash in the opening game of the State of Origin.
It was a remarkable game with the Maroons devastated by injury and down to 12 men with 10 minutes to go, Queensland scored twice to turn around a 18-16 deficit to claim a remarkable 26-18 triumph.
However it was a surprise seeing the star studded Blues lose as they face another series defeat despite being the favourites.
Over in the UK this weekend, one of the Blues’ former players and a man who has won the series in the past proved sensational as Catalans Dragons mauled Wigan Warriors.
Following this, former Warrior Jackson Hastings was full of praise for the halfback leading to calls from notorious NRL journalist the Mole of World Wide of Sport for him to play Origin again.
He available for Origin?#alfiemarkII
— The Mole (@9_Moley) June 3, 2023
Though Super League has been home to former State of Origin players, it has never been home to an active State of Origin player who left mid season to play in the series.
In 2005, Andrew Johns had a brief spell with Warrington Wolves after Origin.
Meanwhile in 2008 Leeds Rhinos briefly lost Brent Webb as he went down under to play for New Zealand.