ghost crayfish Posted June 13, 2022 Share Posted June 13, 2022 1 hour ago, UTK said: I still think it's fair to say that it's an unnecessary comment from a person holding a position of power above Olakau'atu, and one that resonates with outdated views of the representative scene. "As far as his heritage and Tonga, it's always going to be there" - is Hasler implying Origin isn't always going to exist? Tonga haven't played in 3 years and as a result Olakau'atu is yet to make his international debut, NSW have played every year and will continue to do so - Origin will always be there for Haumole as well so the comment is just exposing some of Hasler's bias. "Origin is a rare game. It's a piece of history for players' aspirations" - Despite the theatre that inevitably surrounds Origin the International game is still the highest level of the sport, winning a WC for Tonga is objectively a far greater achievement than winning a SOO series and this test match is important to building toward that goal. I say all this as an Australian and a passionate supporter of NSW/Origin, Hasler is just out of touch with the changing scene that is representative football. A head coach importing those views on his players is entirely unnecessary and doesn't say a lot for his views on his players autonomy. Highly doubt you'd be singing that tune if Des told him to play for Tonga. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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