NSW Blues vs Queensland Maroons Game One, latest news, Haumole Olakau’atu apologizes for Instagram post

Blues debutant Haumole Olakau’atu has apologized to NSW fans ahead of his State of Origin debut after a dishonest social media post two years ago lending his support to the Maroons.

In 2022, after Queensland’s Game I victory, Olakau’atu reposted a Fox League graphic on Instagram and added the caption: “been a Maroons since day.”

At the time, Olakau’atu was in the middle of his fourth season with the Sea Eagles in 2022 and playing in State of Origin was not on his mind as he had committed to representing Tonga in the mid-season trial.

However, his state allegiances have subsequently changed, and the talented back-rower’s tantalizing form for Manly has earned him Blues consideration over the past two seasons and now, selection in the starting 17.

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Post by Haumole Olakau’atu on Instagram following Queensland’s victory over NSW in the opening State of Origin match in 2022. Image: InstagramSource: Supplied

Speaking to reporters during the NSW media day on Tuesday, Olakau’atu apologized to Blues fans for the Instagram faux pas and explained why his support was once on the team up north. of the border.

“I don’t know what I was thinking, hey. It was stupid, childish and I hope NSW fans can forgive me,” she said.

“If I’m going to be honest, I grew up rooting for the Maroons.

“I didn’t know football when I was young. I played football but I didn’t know (Origin) was such a big thing, but my dad was a Maroons supporter so I didn’t know anything other than Maroons when Origin came up.

“Playing first grade was when I realized I’m blues through and through.”

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Olakau’atu was a favorite for a Blues jersey last season, but Manly fell into poor form and the back-rower’s play suffered in the month leading up to Game I.

“I was disappointed, I’m not going to lie,” Olakau’atu said of missing out on NSW selection last year.

“That fueled the fire… after that I just tried to concentrate for Manly and do what I could do for my club.”

Former Blues coach Brad Fittler admitted earlier this season how close Olakau’atu came to being drafted last year.

“We looked at him very closely and talked about him constantly: he was a weapon. He’s back and he’s a much better player this year than he was last year,” Fittler said on his Freddy and the Eighth podcast in March.

“I was talking to someone who does a lot of statistics on areas of effort… That’s the difference and it wasn’t there last year.”

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