Are we going to have another Inglis situation? NSW should just accept that you have to let people play for who they want to... don't force them like Nazis.Martin Kennedy should be playing for NSW
Monday, April 04, 2011 at 01:29am
MARTIN Kennedy has lived 20 of his 22 years in NSW. He should be playing in the front-row for the Blues in this year’s State of Origin.
Yet because he went to boarding school for two years at Ipswich Grammar School he’s considered a Queenslander.
Making it even more farcical is the fact Ipswich Grammar is a rugby union high school and doesn’t even play league.
The Roosters talent scouts - and their then coach Ricky Stuart - spotted him years ago playing in a private school rugby union game on Sydney’s North Shore.
They signed him and he even finished his schooling at Matraville High in Sydney.
He played his first senior football in Sydney with the Roosters and fast became one of the competition’s most feared front-rowers.
It shouldn’t matter where Kennedy wants to play - if he’s a Blue, he’s a Blue.
Before going to boarding school at 15, Kennedy played league on the NSW North Coast - just 100-odd kilometres up the road from where Greg Inglis played in Macksville. Surely the selection rules need to be overhauled when the independent commission arrives and shakes up the administration of the game.
Blues coach Ricky Stuart made enquiries about Kennedy a couple of weeks ago. He’s concerned about depth in the front-row position with only Cronulla’s Kade Snowden sticking his hand up for selection at this stage.
“I could ask again but they’re claiming him,” Stuart said.
But Blues chief executive Geoff Carr says he will be asking questions when he arrives for work this morning.
“We don’t want another Greg Inglis situation and if NSW want him, we’ve got to do a thorough check-up,” Carr said.
“The kid can certainly play.”
The blockbusting Roosters front-rower would be one of the first players chosen in either Origin side this year on current form.