No more Inglis-style Origin poaching
WWOS staff & AAP
08:00 AEST Wed Dec 19 2012

One of several new rules introduced by the ARLC would have seen Greg Inglis forced to play for New South Wales had it existed when he first decided to pull on a Queensland jersey.

A dramatic ARLC meeting which abolished the benefit of the doubt rule also saw the introduction of a major change to the State of Origin eligibility rule.

From 2013 no player will be eligible to play for New South Wales or Queensland unless he has lived in that state before the age of 13, or unless he is the son of an Origin player.

The player must also be eligible to play for Australia.

"It's about bloody time, Queensland have been getting away with it this for 30-odd years," former NSW hooker Benny Elias told News Limited.

Apart from Inglis, other Queensland players that would have been forced into a Blues jersey by the rule include Sam Thaiday, Israel Folau, Michael Crocker, Julian O'Neill and Mat Rogers.

"State of Origin is an incredibly important part of the game and the heart of the concept is a person's state of origin," ARL commission chairman, John Grant, said in an official statement.

"It is fundamental therefore that the concept is preserved on that basis, simply because it is so unique.

"The Under 13 cut-off is one that has been put forward by the General Manager of Game Development, Andrew Hill, after consultation with greats like Wayne Bennett, Bob Fulton and Tim Sheens, the state leagues and the Origin coaches."

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