18 Apr 2012

Origin eligibility rules in the spotlight

9:18 am on 18 April 2012

The Australian Rugby League Commission says it has put steps in place to end farcical State of Origin eligibility tug-of-wars, but admits it's powerless to stop brothers Tariq and Korbin Sims facing off for different states in the future.

Tariq, who on Sunday will look to impress NSW coach Ricky Stuart when he makes his representative debut for Country, is determined to play for the Blues.

Younger brother Korbin, who will be at Penrith on Saturday night playing for Queensland in the inaugural Under 20s State of Origin, has aligned with Queensland.

This is despite growing up under the same roof in Gerringong, roughly 90 minutes south of Sydney.

Further clouding the issue is the revelation that under the rules introduced this year, Korbin would qualify for Country and NSW.

But based on the problematic old system, he is a Queenslander as he played his first senior rugby league game after age 16 in Queensland - an error which cannot be undone.

That means Korbin, having played Queensland under 18s last year, and the likes of Greg Inglis, who has played 15 matches for Queensland but would be a Blue under new guidelines, will continue to wear maroon.