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Fifita delighted at Woods' NSW call-up

The NSW team are sick of talking about the so-called booze brothers after Blake Ferguson's axing on Monday, but Andrew Fifita says he and Aaron Woods can be the bruise brothers who help the Blues to State of Origin glory next week.
Fifita delighted at Woods' NSW call-up
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, June 18 AAP - The NSW team are sick of talking about the so-called booze brothers after Blake Ferguson's axing on Monday, but Andrew Fifita says he and Aaron Woods can be the bruise brothers who help the Blues to State of Origin glory next week.

Wests Tigers prop Woods linked up with the squad for the first time on Tuesday morning having been named in the side for his debut after James Tamou was dropped for high-range drink-driving last week.

He was immediately greeted by former teammate Fifita in the lobby of the team hotel after returning from Brisbane, where he played on Monday night, and the Cronulla front-rower can't wait to resume the front-row alliance that first started in the Tigers lower grades.

"We've always been close me and Woodsy, we were roommates at the Tigers," Fifita told AAP.

"As soon as his name was read out I couldn't stop smiling. We come through together in the 20s.

"What we've been through together and accomplished is pretty special. Especially for him. He's only 22.

"I remember once saying to him at the grand final: 'wouldn't it be great to play first grade together.'

"And now he's getting his debut in Origin and I am so happy that I will be there alongside him."

Fifita enjoyed a strong debut in game one at ANZ Stadium but is expecting a much different experience in Brisbane.

But while much is made of the passionate support from the Queensland supporters, Fifita says he finds the negativity aimed at the Blues highly amusing.

"It's going to be totally different up there - a totally different game speed," he said.

"I love playing up at Suncorp, but they are not going to be liking me.

"But I enjoy all that negative stuff. I just laugh at it all, what else can you do?

"It's quite funny all the things they say about us. We just want to go up there and do our state proud."

Fifita is one of the few players in the Blues side to never taste defeat to the Maroons after the 14-6 win in game one, but said looking around the team, he realises just how much victory in game two to seal a first series win since 2005 would mean.

"We're playing for the series now. If we beat them up there it's going to be the biggest thing," he said.

"There are a lot of boys in this team that have been waiting a long time for this moment. Let's hope we can do it."


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