(Warning: This story contains actual quotes from NSW rugby league players)
New South Wales State of Origin players have spoken out about the appalling politeness of the Queensland Maroons.
In the lead up to the latest State of Origin fixture, the Blues have launched a media assault against the Maroons’ perception as “angels”.
“Hate is a strong word and you don’t want to hate anyone, but there is genuine hatred there between the two states.”
Privately, NSW players are said to be seething that Queensland players have been too polite to publicly hate them back.
“They hate me but that’s fine because I hate them just as much. That’s how I want it.”
Sensible behaviour has no place in Origin
The Blues have also been riled by the Maroons’ perceived sensible behaviour.
Paul Gallen singled out Queensland fullback Billy Slater for having surgery on an injured shoulder, labelling it “disrespectful”.
It is common knowledge that Gallen has played the last five seasons with a broken head. He has declined surgery on the grounds it would be disrespectful to rugby league.
The Blues have also criticised the “grubby” politeness of Queensland captain Cameron Smith.
During this year’s first State of Origin match, Smith was repeatedly filmed speaking politely to the referee, instead of calling him “you stupid c***”.
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