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Origin v Bledisloe: Which is the toughest?
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Origin v Bledisloe: Which is the toughest?

​Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test has been described as one of the toughest of all time but league fans reckon they've seen State of Origin warm-ups that were more intense.

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Our resident mungo the NRL Lurker got the rah-rah brigade all fired up last week when he picked a Wallabies backline of current leaguies and declared they would blow the All Blacks off the park.
Rather than listen to Lurkie this time we thought we'd ask blokes who did their best work in front of packed grandstands – not behind them.
We tracked down dual internationals Lote Tuqiri and asked them what was tougher: A Bledisloe Cup Test or a State of Origin war?


Lote Tuqiri in action during the 2002 Origin series. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images


Tuqiri said: "It depends on the game mate. With Origin you're guaranteed to be busted after it but sometimes with the Bledisloe it can be a bit of a kick-fest.
"But it's definitely up there mentally with both of them."
And as for the build up?
"They're pretty similar but Origin's a massive build-up because you're in the heart of it," he said.
"When I played for Queensland you're in Brisbane or you're in Sydney during the week whereas a lot of the Bledisloes that I played we were in Sydney, but we were also up as Coffs Harbour or at another place.
"For myself I like being in the thick of the action and enjoying the week, that's part of the whole aura of those games, that's what you play the game for and they're pretty similar, when you go to New Zealand you're up against it."


Israel Folau is assisted after colliding with team mate Nic White during the Bledisloe Cup match last saturday. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A diplomatic Izzy added: "I think the hype about the game is about the same and it's always exciting when you play against New Zealand and they've been the best for a long time now.
"The Bledisloe Cup is definitely right up there with what I've experienced in my career so far."

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