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Anzac Test: Kangaroos prop Aaron Woods says State of Origin tension goes out the window in Australian camp

Andrew Hendrie 1 May 2015
  • Aaron Woods says there is no State of Origin tension in the Kangaroos camp in the lead-up to the Anzac Test
  • Several Queensland players were furious with NSW prop Woods last year over comments he made to Brent Tate
  • Woods is rooming with Maroons prop Matt Scott for Australia
Aaron Woods.

Kangaroos and NSW prop Aaron Woods says he is getting along fine with his Queensland counterparts in the Australian camp, rejecting suggestions that State of Origin tension is in the air in the lead up to the Anzac Test.

Origin allegiance is always an interesting subject when NSW and QLD players come together in the Australian squad. Maroons players were outraged at Blues enforcer Woods last year when he criticised Brent Tate over complaints he made about a controversial tackle on him by Josh Reynolds in the opening Origin clash.

Woods admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect when he made his debut Kangaroos appearance in the Four Nations tournament last season. However he now knows that all Origin conflict is put on the back burner when you play for your country.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been really cool,’’ Woods told The Courier Mail. “It’s not about your state. It’s always brushed aside when you come in to play for your country. You don’t want to go in for the wrong reasons. Last year, I got to meet a few of the Queensland guys I hadn’t met before. All the boys were really welcoming, from on the first day of camp. I’m rooming with Matt Scott this time and he’s one of the best blokes I’ve met.’’

Australia are aiming to avoid a third straight loss to New Zealand for the first time since the 1950s on Sunday, while the Kiwis will also be trying to win their first Anzac Test since 1998.

As a result of New Zealand’s horror record in one-off Tests, the Kangaroos have surged into heavy $1.35 favourites, with Woods saying that Australia will be more dominant in the middle of the park courtesy of their high front-row numbers.

“We are bigger in the middle maybe. A lot of the guys are in their main position this time,’’ he said. “There are quite a few front-rowers now - myself, Matt Scott, James Tamou, Trent Merrin and Nate Myles too. All I was hoping for last year was to be part of the squad. This time I want to do my part for the team and for us to win for sure.’’

The Kangaroos and Kiwis kick off at 4.00pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday after Friday night's game was washed out.





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Anzac Test: Kangaroos prop Aaron Woods says State of Origin tension goes out the window in Australian camp

Kangaroos and NSW prop Aaron Woods says he is getting along fine with his Queensland counterparts in the Australian camp, rejecting suggestions that State of Origin tension is in the air in the lead up to the Anzac Test.

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