Kotoni Staggs origin chances get big boost thanks to Johns recommendation

BLUE CLUES: Kotoni Staggs has been given a big representative chances boost. PHOTO: BRISBANE BRONCOS.
BLUE CLUES: Kotoni Staggs has been given a big representative chances boost. PHOTO: BRISBANE BRONCOS.

While the season may not be going the way he'd hoped, Kotoni Staggs seems to a have a bright light at the end of the tunnel for 2020.

The electric playmaker and Broncos benchmark has consistently impressed despite his team's struggles throughout the season and now he seems set to wear another cap; that of a NSW Blues centre.

At least, if Immortal and Blues legend Andrew Johns has anything to say about it.

The veteran picked two sides for Wide World of Sports' Immortal Behaviour feature recently, that of the NSW Blues and Australian Kangaroos, and the Wellington junior would feature in both, if Johns had his say.


Staggs would slot in at no 4, featuring in the centres for injured stars Tom Trbojevic and Latrell Mitchell, ahead of Dragons' Zac Lomax.

While Johns sees the value in Staggs' wearing both jerseys, and NSW greats Robbie Farah and Brett Kimmorley have also given the 21-year-old their backing, a raft of proposed rule changes could mean that Staggs wouldn't have to feature in an Australian international side in order to ensure a Blues debut.

Currently the calendar forces Pacific players to choose between the Origin series and representing their home countries, with Staggs among dozens of talented young players who have the ability to play for both the Pacific nations or Australia due to shared heritage.

According to IRL deputy chairman Troy Grant, NRL chairman Peter V'Landys has made the right call in backing State of Origin stars to be able to play for whichever home country they choose.

"The chairman gets it and understands the need to continually invest in and grow the international game, particularly given the high representation of Pacific players in the NRL," Grant said.

Staggs was once again the Broncos' best on field during their recent loss to the Penrith Panthers, setting social media ablaze with a stunning fend on Josh Mansour and an early try set-up by veteran Darius Boyd.

Staggs and the Broncos will next meet the vastly improved Gold Coast Titans in a local derby, with only two points separating the Brisbane side from the Bulldogs in last place.