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Sailor tells Maroons: pick Tonga, not me

By Lisa Martin 10/06/2009 02:57:38 PM Comments (0)

Wendell Sailor says Queensland selectors should look to Willie Tonga before him to fill their backline vacancy for the second State of Origin clash with NSW in Sydney.

Sailor, who made 14 Origin appearances for the Maroons from 1996 to 2001, has emerged as a possible inclusion when the Maroons attempt to clinch a record fourth straight series win following recent good form for St George Illawarra.

But the 34-year-old dual international says selectors should go with North Queensland centre Tonga to replace injured centre Justin Hodges, avoiding the need to shuffle Israel Folau in from the wing to centre.

"I think it would be smarter to pick Willie Tonga," Sailor told Sky Sports Radio on Wednesday.

"He's played some good footy and he's a bit younger and I'm sure he could do the job for Queensland.

"If a winger was injured or out well then yeah maybe (selectors should pick me), but I just don't think you should, their back three is one of the best back threes I've seen in a long time for Queensland."

Despite his claims, Sailor did say he would happily pull on a Maroons jersey were he to receive a call-up.

"To be honest if I got the opportunity to play, I'd certainly play," he said.

"But I think ... Willie Tonga would probably go in there."

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