Daniel Tupou’s impressive form, and his combination with Luke Keary and Boyd Cordner, could see the Sydney Roosters winger earn a recall to the State of Origin arena for the first time since 2015.
Tupou has been in scintillating form since his recent return from a syndesmosis injury after bagging five tries in his last three matches.
His performances haven’t been lost on Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler, who last teamed up with Tupou at representative level for the City Origin team in 2014-15.
“He was just fantastic, ‘Toops’,” Fittler told Five with Freddy for nswrl.com.au
“I’ve always loved coaching him in the City teams and the way he goes about his job.
“He’s just very humble and he seems to be getting better and better.
“I don’t know what he’s done about his fitness and that but he seems so strong at the moment, and fast, so he’s just great to watch.”
Tupou has already played four games for the Blues, including the team that ended Queensland’s eight-series winning streak in 2014, with his last appearance coming in Game One, 2015.
He faces competition for a wing spot from Melbourne’s Josh Addo-Carr, Canberra’s Nick Cotric and Parramatta’s Blake Ferguson who were all used in last year’s series.
Working in his favour is his combination with Keary and Cordner on the left edge for the Roosters, with Fittler showing in the past he is a fan of club combinations in the Origin arena.
Cordner is the captain of the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues and has been part of the Origin landscape since 2013 while Keary is in line to make his debut this year.
“He’s a beauty, he’s an absolute beauty,” Fittler said.
“He’s got such good combinations too with Boyd (Cordner) and Luke Keary and combinations are a big part of what we’ve been doing for the past couple of years.
“I get a bit protective about putting praise on anyone because I feel like I’m going to put the mock on them, so I just hold back and wish them all the best and injury-free for the end of the year.”