Langer available to play in State of Origin
Champion Queensland halfback Allan Langer will be available to play for the Maroons this year if the selectors want him in the side. In a turn around of events, Warrington coach Daryl Van de Velde said he did not mind his newly appointed captain missing six weeks of the English season to play for Queensland. Van de Velde's comments clash with those of Warrington's chief executive Peter Deakin, who yesterday indicated Queensland would be in for a fight if it wanted Langer to interrupt his first full season in England to head back home and take part in Australia's show piece event. The matter concerning Langer's availability came to a head last week when chairman of Queensland selectors Les Geeves said Langer's absence from Australia would not necessarily prevent him from being chosen for the Origin series. Langer even though he has been out of the game for a while is still one of the top halfbacks in the game. Form won't be an issue with Langer, he's one of the games all-time greats but the big problem would be if Warrington can have their newly appointed captain away from action for six-weeks. Langer has played in 30 origins for Queensland with only Mal Meninga (32) and Wally Lewis (31) playing more matches then Langer. If I was a Queensland selector, Langer would be my Maroons captain tomorrow without hesitation. If Langer managed a full series, he would pass Meninga in becoming Origin's most capped player.