Manly coach Des Hasler has pushed Haumole Olakau’atu to reconsider committing to Tonga’s mid-season Test in order to join the Blues for Game II in Perth.
While the 23-year-old is adamant in joining the Tongan side, New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has revealed that Daniel Tupou has committed to the Blues camp, as they seek to avenge their 16-10 loss in Origin I.
Following a destructive performance for the Sea Eagles on Sunday, crossing over for a try in the 61st minute, coach Hasler believes Olakau’atu as an excellent candidate for Blues selection.
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“I’d think as far as his heritage and Tonga, it’s always going to be there,” Hasler said.
“Origin is a rare game. It’s a piece of history for players’ aspirations.
“He’ll get good counsel.”
Despite the Blues’ quality of depth within their forwards, Sea Eagles half Kieran Foran told The Sydney Morning Herald he has great faith in Olakau’atu, believing the youngster is going places.
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“He’s been electric,” Foran said.
“He’s some sort of player, isn’t he? He’s only going to get better and that’s the scary thing.
“He’s not only such a well-rounded athlete, but his footy smarts and awareness are growing every game. It’s frightening how good he can be.”
While a final decision is yet to be made the 23-year-old’s priority will be focusing on the Sea Eagles’ next outing against a 3rd place Cowboys outfit this coming Friday, at 4 Pines Park.
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