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Here's what the Cowboys have been saying about their representative duties this weekend...

Australia v New Zealand
8pm, Friday 2 May, Allianz Stadium
TV: Nine/WIN live

Johnathan Thurston (Australia)

“Our attitude is the same as it always is, it has to be," the Australian five-eighth said.

"We've had a couple of sessions and we will do the best we can in this game against a side that has nothing to lose.

"There are enough experienced players in this team to not be complacent, we're wearing the green and gold, and you don't perform, then [coach] Tim [Sheens] is not afraid to make changes.

"If you don't, someone will slot in and do the job better."

Matt Scott (Australia)

“I’m always happy and very honoured to be in this side,” the front-rower said.

“It’s good to have a big contingent of Cowboys players and staff. It makes it a bit more familiar and a bit more comfortable.

“I’m really keen to see how our debutants go. I really think they’ll add something to our side.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to get a foot in the door. If they put in a good performance, they could keep the position for a long time after.”

James Tamou (Australia)

“They (New Zealand) may have picked a side with debutants here and there, but the side they have picked, the players are actually in form at the moment and their best players going.

“So it’s not a mug team by any matters.”

Brent Tate (Australia)

"It was definitely not something that was on the radar,” the Kangaroos’ 18th man said.

"I might not get a game as 18th man but I am still stoked, and you never know.

"It doesn't matter whether you are playing or not. It's still an honour.

"I'd be happy to peel oranges for them."

Toa Samoa v Fiji Bati
7.40pm, Saturday 3 May, Sportingbet Stadium
TV: Fox Sports 1 live 

Ashton Sims (Fiji)

“It (being captain) means the world. It's the highest individual honour I've ever had," Sims told

“I really take this as one of the highlights of my career, along with my debut. So I'm just grateful for this opportunity and I'm really looking forward to leading by example on Saturday night.”

City Origin v Country Origin
3pm, Sunday 4 May, Apex Park, Dubbo
TV: Nine/WIN 4pm

Tariq Sims (Country Origin)

"This weekend I've been handed an opportunity to play front-row," Sims said ahead of the annual clash with City Origin.

"It's obviously a position I haven't played at this level before and one that I'm definitely keen to adopt and put it in my repertoire of lock and second row.

“I’ve had a pretty bad luck with injuries the last few years.

“I’m ready to dig in and and have a crack [at Origin] this year. I really want to try and play Origin.”

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.