20 May 2015

Sport: McGuire's Origin call-up puts Samoa future in doubt

11:04 am on 20 May 2015

Toa Samoa prop Josh McGuire has been selected to make his State of Origin debut as the only new face in Queensland's team for next week's series opener.

The 25 year-old Broncos forward has been named on the bench for the clash in Sydney.

His selection means he is unlikely to play for Samoa again before the next World Cup, having had to switch his international allegiance to Australia.

He will have to complete a two-year stand-down from representative football before he can change his eligibility again, meaning that if he plays Origin next year he won't be able to switch until after the 2017 World Cup.

Former Tongan internationals Michael Jennings and Andrew Fifita were included in the New South Wales team.

Meanwhile Mal Meninga has penned a three-year contract extension, which keeps him tied to the Maroons until the end of 2018.

In staying with Queensland, Meninga is also able to continue his role as head coach of the Papua New Guinea national team.

Toa Samoa forward Josh McGuire

Toa Samoa forward Josh McGuire Photo: PHOTOSPORT