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Trbojevic aiming to pass Origin test

ORIGIN HOPES: Jake Trbojevic hopes a solid outing for Australia against New Zealand will help him secure a NSW jersey for State-of-Origin this year.
ORIGIN HOPES: Jake Trbojevic hopes a solid outing for Australia against New Zealand will help him secure a NSW jersey for State-of-Origin this year. DAN HIMBRECHTS

ONLY rugby league could feature an international Test that doubles as a selection trial for the state team.

But that's the scenario facing six NSW forwards in the Australian team, who will try and use Friday night's Test against New Zealand in Canberra to press their Origin claims.

Of the six blue Kangaroos, Jake Trbojevic is the only player yet to pull on a NSW jersey. And he knows he has the perfect opportunity to impress Blues coach Laurie Daley.

You would be flat out finding a Roos player who has looked happier than Trbojevic all week.

The 23-year-old back-rower made his debut against Scotland during the Four Nations last year and is primed to take on the Kiwis.

And the Manly junior said he would love to use his chance in Canberra to cement a NSW spot against the Maroons on May 31.

"It would be a dream come true to play Origin, and it wouldn't worry me what number I had on my back," said Trbojevic, who spent his first season with the Sea Eagles in the front row.

"If it's not this year, hopefully it's another year. I just want a crack. It's one of those things where you don't know if you're ready until you play it."

Trbojevic has enjoyed a solid start to the season with Manly, and is right in the mix for an Origin berth with the likes of national teammates Tyson Frizell, Boyd Cordner, Trent Merrin, David Klemmer and Andrew Fifita.

Along with in-form players like Wade Graham and even Paul Vaughan, there's a long list wanting to replace Paul Gallen and the injured Aaron Woods in the NSW pack.

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