11 Jun 2010

Lockyer says AFL will be laughing at league

12:55 pm on 11 June 2010

The Australian and Queensland captain Darren Lockyer says the AFL will be sitting back laughing at rugby league's in-fighting over the Israel Folau affair.

The Australian Rugby League chief executive Geoff Carr's pushing for a rule change to ban Folau from playing in the third State of Origin game in Sydney, next month.

Queensland officials have included Folau in the side for game two next week, despite him signing a four-year deal with new AFL club Greater Western Sydney, which he'll join next year.

However Lockyer, who admits he's done an about face on the matter, says any move to ban Folau would simply play into the AFL's hands, giving it greater exposure at rugby league's expense.

Carr's concern is the AFL will turn rugby league's Origin showpiece into a circus if Folau plays and he's accused Queensland of putting self-interest ahead of the good of the game by including Folau, after initially indicating they wouldn't.