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Rogers no chance of playing Origin
Gold Coast boss Michael Searle says Mat Rogers won't be changing his mind and seeking Queensland Origin selection despite reaching peak form in his return to the NRL after a five-year absence.
The 31-year-old Rogers scored two tries in the Titan's 14-point loss to North Queensland at Carrara last night. Even though Rogers has publicly ruled himself out of playing for the Maroons, he's yet to apply for an official exemption from the Queensland Rugby League.
It's doubtful whether Rogers would make the side anyway, with Justin Hodges and Greg Inglis almost guaranteed of securing the centre spots for the series opener against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium on May 23.
Searle says Rogers had made a personal decision to focus on club football and had silenced the critics who believed the injury-prone former Wallaby would prove to be a liability for the Titans.