Vidot urges changes to eligibility regulations


Daniel Vidot

Daniel Vidot

Criticism of the Pacific Test stung but Samoan winger Daniel Vidot reckoned seeing a "hurt" Anthony Milford choose Queensland over his country was the most painful.

Vidot says eligibility rules should be changed to allow players to contest State of Origin and represent their second-tier nation in an effort to avoid a repeat of Milford's unfortunate situation.

Vidot said he had been disappointed with vocal critics who claimed "no-one cared" about Saturday night's Pacific Test in which Samoa downed Fiji in Penrith to book a Four Nations berth.

However, he was more concerned by the weekend's farcical scenes that involved Canberra playmaker Milford.

Milford wanted to run out for Samoa but opted to play for the Queensland under-20s in the Pacific Test curtain-raiser after being told by Maroons coach Mal Meninga he was under State of Origin consideration.

"That's something Milly decided to do and we have nothing against him but it is hard to be told you can't play for your country," said Vidot who had to forgo a 2010 Test for Samoa to remain eligible for Queensland.

"I know it hurt Milly. He definitely wanted to play.

"That's why they have to get this thing right."

Under international eligibility rules, second-tier nation players can only change allegiance once every four-year World Cup cycle.

If Milford played Origin this year and wanted to feature in the Four Nations for Samoa, he would need to alter his country of election from Australia to Samoa and would not be able to change it again for two years.

"Even if you played for Queensland and didn't make the Australian squad at the end of the year, you should be able to play for your second-tier country," Vidot said.

"That's got to be the way for the less-dominant nations, the ones who don't have the money to buy players.

"When we are sitting in [the Samoa] camp, we are like, 'Oh, we are missing so and so' - it puts a big hole in the team.

"It's tough enough, mate, without them taking our players."

Vidot didn't blame players making themselves available for Origin for the financial gain. Origin players receive $20,000 a game. AAP


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