Val to be rushed back, JT won’t, as Kev welcomes early Origin return

Despite wearing the Cowboys’ No. 1 jersey, Holmes would lock down a wing spot with Kalyn Ponga to return to fullback.

The NRL’s new innovation committee are keen to explore an early Origin series because it will demonstrate to the government, health experts and fans it can host an event with 40 or more people in lockdown.

“Val has the experience, the skill level, he’s got all those things and will definitely be there,” Walters said.

“He’s only had the couple of games back but I wouldn’t hesitate there.

“I’ve enjoyed watching him play again, he did some really good things in those first couple of games. He’s proven in the past he’s a real player who can handle the step up in class.

If Origin teams were selected only on the opening two rounds, Brisbane’s Kotoni Staggs would have pushed hard for a Blues’ debut in the centres.

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