Lote Tuqiri: the affirmative action winger?

Australia lost the final of the 4 Nations rugby league to New Zealand on Saturday. Watching the highlights you may notice a couple of tries were scored down Lote Tuqiri's wing.

Tuqiri's selection created controversy when he was selected at the last minute ...

Coach Tim Sheen dumps Darius Boyd from Test side in favour of Lote Tuqiri
CLIVE Churchill Medallist Darius Boyd has been left out of Australia's Four Nations side for a player who only arrived in the Kangaroos camp on Tuesday afternoon...

It will be a bitter blow for Boyd, who was named on an extended bench but is unlikely to play, after a magnificent season with the Dragons.
Phil Rothfield, Ban club coaches from Test duties
St George Illawarra's Boyd was one of the form players in the NRL throughout the season. He ran third in the Dally M Medal count behind Todd Carney and Robbie Farah.

He was player of the match in the grand final and one of the first players chosen in the original Kangaroos squad.

He has been a member of the virtually invincible Queensland State of Origin team for the past three years and has regularly outplayed his NSW opposites on the wing
. Tuqiri wasn't even considered good enough when the Roos squad was originally named two weeks ago.

He marched into camp on Tuesday afternoon after Jarryd Hayne was ruled out and 24 hours later was in the Test side.

Lote had a great season for the Wests Tigers ... But he wasn't good enough to play for Queensland under Mal Meninga, yet he's now good enough to play for Australia under his club coach Tim Sheens.

Work that one out.
Rothfield smells a rat, but he's not allowed to consider the other possibility i.e. that Tuqiri was selected to keep the Australian side from looking too white.

If the bias in some media is any indication, there is a favouritism for Tuqiri that defies reality. For while there was no shortage of gushing praise when Tuqiri was selected, the media is strangely silent after his substandard performance on Saturday.

Go figure.

Meanwhile ...

Australia names 17-man squad for first Ashes Test
USMAN Khawaja has taken a giant step towards becoming Australia's first Test cricketer of Muslim faith by gaining selection in Australia's Ashes squad this morning.

Australia today surprisingly unveiled a 17-man Ashes squad at a rain-affected gala event at Circular Quay.
Surprising? The proximity of those two paragraphs tells you something. Cricket is still a bastion of whiteness. I'm sure the diversity ideologues have been hounding Cricket Australia for years now to diversify. At last they can get the monkey off their back by finally naming a Muslim in their (conveniently extended) squad.

File under: sport, or agent of ideology? You decide.

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