NSW and Australia prop Aaron Woods is confident the post-State of Origin sniping between the Blues and Queensland camps won’t spill over into the Kangaroos quest for Four Nations supremacy at the end of the year.
In the wake of NSW’s Origin III victory last week the verbal barbs have continued to fly as bad blood continues between the two interstate factions.
At the heart of the issue is NSW’s apparent snub of Queensland captain Cameron Smith as he collected the Origin shield.
Woods missed selection in Australia’s win over New Zealand in May this year but is a certain selection for the Four Nations tournament in Britain.
He doesn’t believe the Kangaroos camp will be divided down state lines.
“That is all pretty funny,” Woods said.
“Every time I have been in the Aussie camp things have been fine. A lot of people said the boys walked off but some of us clapped Cameron off.
“There are no hard feelings I’m sure. Once you cross that white line for 80 minutes we hate them but when you get off the field that is all over
“We all get along. It is just that the media have to write about something. I don’t see why it is going to change now.”
Wests Tigers captain Woods has been mentioned as a leading contender to succeed the retired Paul Gallen as Blues skipper next season.
“It would be the best ever but we have seven weeks left here with the Tigers and that is all I am focused on,” Woods said.