Uate puts Boyd friendship aside
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Uate puts Boyd friendship aside

Following the mate against mate theory, NSW winger Akuila Uate has put aside his friendship with Newcastle teammate Darius Boyd until after next week's State of Origin opener.

Uate and Boyd will face each other in rugby league's showpiece match in Melbourne on Wednesday after some tough times together with the Knights this year.

But rather than share a rare big occasion with his club buddy, Uate says there's no room for mateship while Boyd's a Queensland rival.

''I don't really talk to Darbs - I don't really want to,'' Uate said.

''It's all about us now. Origin is different.

''I just can't wait to get out there and rip it up. Not just Darbs - I just want to give it to these Queenslanders - do my job.''

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Uate learned quickly with his first taste of Origin last year and says he feels more comfortable in camp this time around, having experienced the intensity and pace of the game.

He says he's not intimidated by the massive Queensland pack and he knows even he and fellow winger Jarryd Hayne need to come inside to support the Blues' forwards.

''I learned last year it's really tough and you've just got to prepare yourself really well,'' he said.

''I've got to get more involved and just go hard.

''Me and Haynesy are the wingers and we have to get involved and help the forwards out.'' AAP