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No grudges against Lote says Morris

By Wayne Heming 06/02/2010 12:21:10 AM Comments (0)

Queensland selector Des Morris says any potential return to State of Origin by Lote Tuqiri would not be impeded by any grudges held over from when he switched to rugby union in 2002.

Tuqiri's return to the NRL with Wests Tigers on Thursday is timely for Queensland with international centre Justin Hodges in danger of missing this year's series after rupturing his achilles tendon last month.

The Fijian-born Tuqiri, who walked out on the Brisbane Broncos and his representative career to accept a massive offer from the 15-man game, would need to hit his straps quickly but Morris said he would definitely get a fair go from Queensland selectors.

"He's a quality player and he's a Queenslander, so that's all we need," Morris told AAP on Friday.

Tuqiri, who played 99 games for Brisbane, scored five tries in his six Origin appearances in 2001-2002.

"As long as he can adjust back to rugby league reasonably quickly ..... but we've got a lot of young blokes around who've been impressing.

"There's certainly no animosity and we appreciate what he did for us when he played for Queensland before.

"If the opportunity comes up for him to play for Queensland again there certainly wouldn't be an barriers in his way.

"The game has changed and he wanted to better himself financially, that's how things are these days."

The image of Israel Folau and Tuqiri or Greg Inglis and Tuqiri on the flanks for Queensland paints quite a big picture.

"There'd be some big boys and NSW will probably have the Morris boys who are also big guys," said Morris.

Morris didn't see Tuqiri's age of 30 being an Origin hurdle.

Queensland have often been dubbed Dad's Army by Blues supporters but they have won a record four successive straight and are keen to make it five this year.

"Age doesn't come into when we consider our side," especially in the position he will play, said Morris.

"We've got Petero (Civoniceva) and (Steve) Price and even Locky (Darren Lockyer) to a lesser degree who are on the wrong side of 30 and it's never been an issue.

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