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OPINION | Is Mitchell Moses ready for the Origin stage?

Mitchell Moses was outstanding during the Rugby League World Cup Nines competition at Bankwest Stadium over the weekend.

His hat-trick in the final against New Zealand Kiwis justified his Player of the Tournament status during the two-day event.

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The award caps off a brilliant 2019 where he was instrumental in the return of Parramatta to the NRL Finals series before they bowed out to Melbourne at AAMI Park in week two.

Moses not only scored the first points on the Eels’ new home but provided the last points in Australia’s win last night.

The twenty-five year old seems to always be talked about as a New South Wales Origin player and maybe 2020 will provide Moses with his first opportunity on the big stage.

With James Maloney departed and some criticism over Nathan Cleary’s performance at Origin level, it seems more likely Brad Fittler will look towards a new pairing.

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Given that Jack Wighton is in the Kangaroo’s squad for the upcoming International series, you would expect the Canberra Raiders star to play five-eighth in the next interstate series. His Grand Final performance showed he is capable of filling that role.

Luke Keary may start favourite in the halfback role ahead of Cleary and incumbent Mitchell Pearce, you cannot discount Moses.

A genuine playmaker and goal kicker that could be a match winner in a side boasting a star-studded back line including James Tedesco, Tom Trbojevic and the Fox – Josh Addo-Carr.

 

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