2018 could be a huge year for Indigenous representation at the State of Origin level. NSW already has 5 key Aboriginal players who have cemented their positions in the side and there are plenty more who were just outside of the selection arena in 2017. With good form and barring injury, 2018 could see Indigenous involvement in the NSW team reach as high as 88%.
Let’s take a look at some of the Indigenous players who are banging on the selectors door for 2018.
Ryan James – Holds the record for tries scored in a season for a front rower.
Tyrone Peachey – A centre with that magic ability to break tackles and always pop up in support at the right time.
Josh Addo-Carr – Arguably the fastest player in the NRL and fast improving at the Melbourne storm.
James Roberts – One of the Bronco’s most potent attacking weapons (ShutTheGate)
Latrell Mitchell – They say the tide is turning on QLD’s origin dominance. Once Latrell earns his selection, N.S.W will be talking about their own dynasty.
Cody Walker – Was very much a selection prospect in 2017 with stats just as good as the current NSW halves.
Jack Wighton – One of the best defensive backs in the NRL.
Leilani Latu – The selectors may go looking for someone with size and speed with a few of N.S.W’s forwards heading towards the end of their representative careers.
Aiden Sezer – If things go wrong in game 3 this year, Aiden Sezer may see himself as a possible half replacement.
Jamal Idris – Jamal is out for the 2017 season but his name deserves to be here as he has been there before. We are all hoping to see him get back to the biggest stage and taste an Origin series win.
With these players plus the players in the current Origin team, there is a total of 15 Indigenous players who have a real chance to be playing at the highest level in 2018. Have we forgotten anyone else? Let us know in the comments. Are you curious what an all Aboriginal NSW side would look like? You might be surprised with the team we came up with. If you’re interested in having your own voice heard through writing an article like this, contact us via our Facebook page to get started.