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Brisbane winger Lote Tuqiri is believed to be only days away from making a decision which could spell the end of his international rugby league career.
Tuqiri will meet with his manager on Monday to discuss his situation, with Australian Rugby Union officials expecting a reply to their offer for the test rugby league winger within days.
The Broncos are also hanging on tenterhooks as they await a decision from the 22-year-old and the Broncos in danger of losing a handful of players.
And his decision is also likely to have an affect on the national selectors, with Tuqiri's place in the test side possibly hanging on his immediate plans.
If Tuqiri opts to take the ARU's deal, it could signal the end of his international rugby league career.
Selectors will meet on Sunday to select the side for the July 12 test against Great Britain and selector Les Geeves conceded
Tuqiri's future could depend on whether he decides to swap codes.
"He'd be the first winger (picked) at this time ... if you're picking the best side," Geeves said.
"If he does sign with rugby union we'd certainly have to think about that.
"But at this stage he'd be the first winger picked."
The Australian Rugby League has issued the selectors with no instructions regarding Tuqiri and chief executive Geoff Carr said it would be up to them to make up their own minds.
The selectors opted to retain convert Wendell Sailor in the test side last year despite suggestions he was headed to rugby union.
"The selectors have to make a decision whether they pick him on his merits or whether they look to the future," Carr said.
Weighing in Tuqiri's favour is the dearth of quality wingers available, with Queensland using Clinton Schifcofske, Justin Hodges and Robbie O'Davis during this year's series.
The Blues used Jason Moodie and Timana Tahu, with the latter considered a certainty for the test side until his shoddy performance in Origin III.