At 29 and 5 years after representing his state for a fourth time, Sydney Roosters winger Daniel Tupou thought his State of Origin days had been up to now.
However in one of many many feel-good tales within the Blues camp, NSW coach Brad Fittler has thrown Tupou an Origin lifeline that the veteran is determined to latch on to.
“Yeah, it’s been a very very long time. I’m really excited and yeah completely happy simply to be again within the camp, to be given the chance,” the 2014 collection winner informed AAP.
“I by no means actually misplaced hope. I simply thought that point’s up and thought the younger crew would are available in and fill these footwear.
“Once more, I’ve been given the chance and I assumed ‘why not take it?’ So I’m stoked.”
Tupou performed all three video games when NSW snapped an eight-year title drought in 2014.
However he was dropped after recreation one in 2015 – and hasn’t been sighted since within the Origin cauldron.
His 2020 numbers, although, had been too good for Fittler to disregard.
Tupou scored 11 tries in 15 video games and was the most important metre-eater of all wingmen within the competitors with 174 per match.
He looms as an apparent possibility to switch Blake Ferguson, who was charged with a number of of the Blues’ exhausting carries out of their very own finish final yr.
The 196cm Rooster’s top may also make him a probable possibility for Fittler. With Nathan Cleary’s kicking the very best within the NRL, Tupou will tower over Queensland’s wingers and make him a goal in assault.
As but, Fittler hasn’t given the previous Tonga and Australia Check star any indication of whether or not or not he’ll make the Blues’ beginning line-up for the collection opener in opposition to Queensland in Adelaide on November 4.
Tupou, although, stays assured he’s nonetheless up for probably the most demanding stage in rugby league.
“He (Fittler) hasn’t given me something but,” he mentioned.
“So the time will come when that chat comes about however, in the mean time, I’m simply glad to be again within the combine.
“My physique’s held up fairly good in the mean time and I’m able to go.”
With Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr a lock for one wing spot, Tupou is jostling with Canberra’s Nick Cotric and doable Panther Josh Mansour for the opposite.
NSW captain Boyd Cordner is one participant firmly in Tupou’s nook.
“I’m very completely happy for my (Roosters) teammate Daniel Tupou to be again within the Blues jersey,” Cordner informed AAP.
“I understand how pumped he’s.”
In the meantime, Tupou’s Roosters teammate and NSW’s MVP for the previous two years operating, famous person fullback James Tedesco, will enter Blues camp on Friday.
Tedesco is determined to beat a knee damage in time to play within the collection opener.