Loophole could allow fiery Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to play Las Vegas jaunt
The Roosters will play the Broncos in the American party capital on March 3 as part of an historic double-header to kickstart the season.
Veteran prop Waerea-Hargreaves looked certain to miss the trip when he was whacked with a seven-game suspension for losing his head against the Tigers in round 26.
The Chooks have since played in round 27 and then two finals, wiping three games off the Kiwi's monster ban.
And now New Zealand Rugby League has done Waerea-Hargreaves, and the Roosters, a huge favour by naming the prop in the squad for the Pacific Championships.
New Zealand will play a tri-nations tournament against Australia and Samoa next month.
New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Greg Peters confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald they had included Waerea-Hargreaves name in the preliminary 30-man squad despite him not being available.
With Waerea-Hargreaves named, the two pool games now look certain to be included in his suspension. And if the Kiwis qualify for the final it will be three, leaving just one game on his ledger to serve.
That could come in the All Stars game early next year, with Waerea-Hargreaves likely to be named in the Maori squad despite not being available to play.
If that happens, his seven games would be up and he would theoretically be free to line up for the Roosters in round one in Las Vegas.
Ultimately, however, it is up to NRL judiciary chairman Greg Bellew to decide which games count towards a suspension and he will rule when Waerea-Hargreaves can make his return.