Lote Tuqiri has worn a lot of colours in his career as a dual international, but Maroon is still the one closest to his heart.

HE has worn Wallaby gold, the black and white of his homeland Fiji and the sky blue of the NSW Waratahs. But when Lote Tuqiri allows himself a moment to dream, he still yearns for a Queensland Origin jumper.

It has been eight long years since Tuqiri last wore Maroon. And for all his litany of achievements and the remarkable travails that have underpinned his NRL and rugby careers, it remains somewhat of a sore point that Tuqiri has played just six Origin matches for Queensland.


The salt to the wound? The fact he has missed a possible 21 games in the Maroons jumper.

But at the age of 31, and having recently reclaimed his Kangaroos jumper during the Four Nations tournament, the Wests Tigers flyer is refusing to give up on the Origin dream.

“You know, I’d bleed for that Queensland jersey,&#