State ties? Forget it when the Maroons come calling, because 'Queensland's everywhere' when selecting Origin sides.
But this time it's NSW giving Queensland the blues and potentially taking one of their own, with Matt Collins rolling out for the annual wheelchair rugby league Country-City clash.
Collins helped Country claim a grinding 34-28 win over NSW City at the Queanbeyan Sports Centre on Sunday.
The contest doubled as a selection event for the wheelchair State of Origin, with NSW coach Edie George now left with the difficult task of choosing his team.
Collins represented Queensland in last year's State of Origin, but has since moved to Canberra for work with the Defence Force.
He was brought into the Country squad only last week, saying he's happy to pull on whichever state jersey when the time comes.
"Whatever comes, comes. I'm just happy to play for whoever and to be back on court," he smiled.
There were 14 representative players across two squads, including Country skipper Brad Grove, who scored a crucial second-half try.
A see-sawing opening half saw the match locked 10-all at the break, but Grove and Collins combined to score two unanswered tries to swing momentum in Country's favour.
Richard Engles scored twice on the wing, while Diab Karim swerved through the middle to extend Country's lead. But that's where their charged stalled.
Stephan Rochecouste brought up a hat-trick for City and teammate Will Derederenalagi scored a double, pushing Country to the final whistle.
"It was a fantastic game, the same as last year where both teams brought it. It ended up being another close game, we're extremely impressed," Grove said.
"The top-tier players aren't only aiming for the NSW spot but also next year's World Cup. A lot of players are pushing for that. Today was a good opportunity to actually show their skills, see what they've got and have decent competition."
Collins hopes the Country-City clash helps promote the sport in the capital, with Canberra Region Rugby League and the NSWWRL looking to form a local competition.
Having moved to Canberra earlier this year, wheelchair rugby league has helped welcome Collins to the community. He's now involved with the sport's development with the Raiders.
"My main role is to get the sport well known in the Canberra region and built it, so we can put a team into the Sydney competition and play as the Canberra Raiders," Collins said.
"I've met a lot of people through this sport in Queensland and down here. I'm hoping to grow that network as well, I'm in the Defence Force so I'll be posted out of here eventually.
"I need to have built a strong foundation before I go, so I can hand it off to someone else when I leave. The more involvement we get, the better this will be for everyone. It's a sport for everyone."
AT A GLANCE
NSWWRL City v Country:COUNTRY 34 (Grove, Engles, Mowczan, Attard, Karim, Collins, Henman tries; Karim 1, Henman 2 conversions) bt CITY 28 (Rochecouste 3, Derederenalagi 2 tries; Cannane 4 conversions).