Fury as another Kiwi is poached for Origin
Fury as another Kiwi is poached for Origin

Sam Kasiano's impending Origin selection has sparked fury from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.

With the Bulldogs star looking increasingly likely to become to second Kiwi to turn his back on the New Zealand national league side in favour of playing in this year’s Origin series, Kemp has hit out at NSW coach Ricky Stuart and Queensland coach Mal Meninga, saying something needs to be done to stop them poaching players.

Despite having signed a letter of intent to play for NZ a mere two months ago, The Sydney Sunday Herald revealed the Bulldogs prop was now being lined up as a replacement for Dave Taylor for the Maroons in Origin III.

Kemp said he had spoken to Kasiano in the last two weeks and was aware he'd been approached to make himself available for the Maroons.

Kemp said Meninga was also pursuing other Kiwi NRL stars who are both eligible to play for NZ and Australia,