New NSW playmaker Jarome Luai set the record straight on a four-year-old video in which some Blues fans questioned his loyalty to the southern home state.
While representing Samoa at the 2017 World Cup, someone filmed Luai on camera being asked “NSW or Queensland?” To which he replied “Queensland”.
The vision was posted on YouTube and has resurfaced several times over the past year since Luai entered the calculations for a state debut with the Blues.
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Critics attempted to use the short clip as proof that Luai did not pledge to represent her birth state, NSW.
But the player himself told Channel 9 why the video was misleading.
“I think it’s a bit out of context,” Luai said.
“The question was, ‘Who do you think would win (Home State that year)?’, And that was the days of (Johnathan) Thurston, (Cooper) Cronk and (Cameron) Smith.
“I didn’t see (Queensland) lose. So it was my advice for them to win.
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“I’m bleeding blue, baby.”
Luai entered the NSW camp in Coogee on Sunday night and he is expected to wear the No.6 jersey for the Blues on Wednesday week.
NSW legend Laurie Daley was asked about the video during her Big Sports Breakfast radio show on Tuesday.
Daley has no problem with Luai and has never doubted his allegiance to the Blues.
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“I think he was asked a question, who does he think will win, and most people – whatever your passion for NSW or Queensland – you are going to give your opinion on who you think will win.” , said Daley.
“It’s not like he wanted to play for Queensland, it all depended on who he thought he was going to win.
“He was probably right because at the time they had Slater and Smith and all these players.
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