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Jason Cayless is not worrying about winning back a Kiwis' test jumper although Sunday's National Rugby League (NRL) grand final replay with the New Zealand Warriors is the ideal platform to stake a claim.
There was some surprise in Australia when Cayless, a younger brother of former Kiwis skipper Nathan Cayless, missed new coach Daniel Anderson's maiden squad for the trans-Tasman test in July.
The Kiwis and Kangaroos meet again in Auckland on October 18 to mark 100 internationals between the two countries.
The Cayless brothers aim to one day represent New Zealand side by side but for now Jason is happy to concentrate on doubling his premiership ring collection.
"I'm just trying to put my best foot forward for the Roosters and if (test selection) happens, it happens.
"It's not something I worry about."
Meanwhile, Cayless said the team had seen coverage of the Warriors' brawl with the Brisbane Broncos last Sunday and were bracing themselves for a physical confrontation in Sydney.
"We saw the fight, they (Warriors) really stuck it to them so we're expecting a physical game this week."
Cayless is rarely involved in trouble but English teammate Adrian Morley said he would not take a backward step if the Warriors upped the ante ala Brisbane.
Returning from a three-match suspension, Morley said he would be happy to claim the role of enforcer.
"We're not going to lie down and take it, we're going to give some back or they'll run over the top of us."
Cayless said the Roosters had not been lulled into a false sense of security by the Warriors' erratic form this season.
"They're getting on a run but then everyone's lifting coming into the finals.
"We're going along all right, they (Warriors) should be a good test for us."