Are Rugby Players Truly Evolved from Apes? Time to join the Origin debate

Not the one instigated by Charles Darwin, whose 1859 publication On the Origin of the Species inflamed passions that have still not subsided entirely after 160 years.

Rather, the Origin debate that concerns us is the one involving which rugby players earn the honour of playing for the Maroons or the Blues when the 2018 State of Origin series commences on June 6.

One of those debates involves the positional battle for Queensland over who will man the right wing for the Maroons.

Some notables who would like to see their name in burgundy include Corey Oates, Valentine Homes and Darius Boyd.

It seems a foregone conclusion that Dane Gagai has the left flank locked up.

Oates helped his cause in his recent outing against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, scoring a try, setting up another and running for over 200 metres.

Holmes is playing more like Watson than Sherlock, but experts consider that more an indictment of the Cronulla Sharks’ constant changes to their spine.

Boyd has been injured, but his hamstring seems to be recovering at just the right time.

Ex-Maroon Justin Hodges disagrees with Oates’ expressed desire of moving into the back row. “It’s the wing or nothing for him at the moment,” Hodges told Queensland Only. “I know he wants to play back row, but you can’t put someone who hasn’t played back row for a club side straight into Origin. Origin football is one of the hardest arenas you’ll ever play in, it tests you mentally and physically and you don’t have a second to scratch your head.”

It seems to be a case of too many wings for too few positions and regardless of who is chosen, should the Maroons experience the same sort of start to Origin that they did last year, when they were obliterated on their home ground by the Blues, the debate will only get louder and some may question the ancestry of some of the players and whether or not they truly evolved at all.