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New South Wales State of Origin legends claim Queensland eligibility farce | News.com.auIT IS only December but a New South Wales State of Origin legend is already furious, claiming a Queensland eligibility "farce".
Boom Newcastle Knights prop Korbin Sims' selection for the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad this week has caused an uproar in enemy territory with claims of a Greg Inglis-like conspiracy.
Sims, 21, does not qualify for Queensland under the revised State of Origin eligibility laws introduced in late 2012.
Those laws require a player to represent the state he was either born in or moved to before his 13th birthday.
Sims moved to Queensland aged 16. He spent three years in Brisbane before signing with Newcastle.
However, he did qualify for the sunshine state under the old laws as he played his first senior football in Queensland.
Sims also represented Queensland as an 18-year-old in 2009 and 2010.
Queensland Rugby League officials are adamant those two representative games qualify him and they are technically right.
The ARL Commission wants players to stop flip-flopping between states and countries from junior to senior representative games.
Whether Sims, born and raised in Gerringong south of Sydney, should be allowed to represent a state he only spent three years in however is open to debate.
Former Blues captain Ben Elias slammed the selection as "rule manipulation" and said it was time his state's officials began "massaging the laws".
"It is a farce," Elias said.
"They manipulate the system and they do it very well and that's why they have won eight series in a row.
"It is disappointing.
"I thought we had an independent Commission to ensure this doesn't happen?
"If they are allowed to keep bullying the rules they will probably win another eight series straight.
"It is ridiculous.
"That kid should be playing for New South Wales."
Sims two older brothers Tariq and Ashton have both declared their affiliation to New South Wales.
He could realistically square off against Tariq in an Origin game in coming years, despite just two years difference in age.
Blues backrower Ryan Hoffman played for Queensland's under 19 side in 2003. He has now played eight Origin games for New South Wales.
A QRL spokesman said they were more than comfortable that Sims was eligible for Queensland.
"Once you represent Queensland you are Queenslander."
Sims is passionate about the Maroons and has repeatedly declared he is a Queenslander.
He fell in love with the state after moving north when his older brothers were signed by the Brisbane Broncos.
"I put my hand up to play for Queensland when I first moved to Brisbane and I am really happy with the path I have chosen and the success I have found as a result," Sims said earlier this year.
"Tariq and I have done what is best for our careers and it has worked out well for us."