NSW Origin: Don’t Pick Lyon

It’s still only early season, but Scrappy Coco takes a hard-line and kicks off the chatter about Origin selection for 2010 amongst the NRL News faithful. Fortunately for Queensland supporters, they have a virtual Australian side that picks itself.

Apart from the apparently retirement of Darren Lockyer, the Queenslanders are set for yet another scorching lineup with the likes of Slater, Inglis, Smith, Thurston, Price and Civoniceva to name a few.

But for NSW, not only are they struggling with selections – apparently the NSW selectors are also at a loss as to who to use as the captain.

While NSW selectors have always struggled with loyalty, one things for sure – they should forget Jamie Lyon altogether for 2010.

This has nothing to do with Lyons form, the former UK Man of Steel is playing well for Manly and is a strong leader for the Sea Eagles.

But while Lyon has thrown his hand up for the captaincy – why has his attitude changed so much in the past few years?

After returning from the English Super League and settling into the Sea Eagles, Lyon immediately contacted NSW coach Craig Bellamy and opted out of NSW selection.

He was later urged to reconsider and subsequently took a spot with the Blues.

However, to hear that he is being considered for the captaincy should make every NSW supporters blood boil. While Manly fans have a right to support their man, for most NSW folk – a player that doesn’t show commitment and passion should be shown the door.

Could you imagine a Greg Inglis or a Jonathan Thurston saying at the peak of their career, “Look I am going to give the Queensland Jersey a miss this year”

What a joke! It would never happen.

That’s why Lyon should never be a captain of the Blues side, let alone be lucky enough to wear the treasured Blue jersey.

NSW need to pick not only on talent, but on a physical, passionate basis. Guys like Greg Bird, Paul Gallen and Luke O’Donnell have had their critics in the past and certainly aren’t angels – but they would die for the Blue Jersey and you’ve got to salute them for that.

There will be some strong contenders for NSW Origin this year, Beau Scott has certainly put his hand up big time and even Willie Mason as a bench player could come into contention given his strong form up North. Again, the big man has his enemies in the media and public – but this guy is another who lifts a gear when wearing the Blue.

Show respect to those who show the jersey respect.

Pick a NSW side on passion even before ability. Queensland were doing this years before they had a world beating team and they were still almost unbeatable back then.

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