Brett Morris of the Bulldogs Photo: Getty Images
Canterbury winger Brett Morris has refused to rule out making a shock switch to play for England as part of Wayne Bennett’s masterplan to reignite them as a rugby league powerhouse.
After taking over as England coach, Bennett has reportedly shown interest in poaching Morris, his twin brother Josh and Newcastle playmaker Trent Hodkinson for this year’s Four Nations series.
Morris qualifies for England through his grandparents and said despite having 18 Test caps for Australia, he was keeping his options open about a change of allegiance.
“There’s been no chat between Wayne and us about that. We are eligible to play for England through our grandad and our mother lived in England until she was 13-years-old,” Morris said on Monday.
“There is that option but it’s not something we’ve looked into seriously at all.”
Morris’ three-try performance in his first game back in nine months from a knee injury against Bennett’s Brisbane on Saturday would have only heightened the mastercoach’s interest.
Brett Morris during his days with the Dragons Photo: Channel Nine screen grab
Morris qualifies for England> , despite having represented Australia and NSW, with players allowed under Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) rules to make one selection switch between World Cups or after two years.
If Morris were to defect, it would mean he is no longer eligible for NSW.
Bennett was reported to have recently met with Australian-based English-eligible players however Morris said he was yet to hear from the seven-time NRL premiership-winning coach.
Asked how it would feel pulling on the English jumper and singing a different anthem, Morris said: "I don’t even know the answer.
"To me, I haven’t even thought about it, it’s something that’s completely left field.
“But you’ve always got to keep your options open.”
A player qualifies for a country in which they are born; a country in which either of their grandparents were born or a country which has been their principle place of residence for three years
A player with dual eligibility is entitled to make one allegiance change during an election period (until the end of the next World Cup or the expiry of two years).
Would it be more of a travesty than Radradra representing Australia?
This is not how it works. Or at least it shouldn’t be.
You don’t just switch country when you feel like it.
And Wayne Bennett? Grumbles about certain things ruining the game, then goes out of his way to commit even worse sins, e.g. blocking Milford playing for Samoa. Terrible man.