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Queensland star Greg Inglis pulled on Australia's heritage jersey on Monday and had more reason than anyone to be at ease with the maroon and sky blue design.
The traditional green and gold Australian jerseys have been replaced by a heritage outfit in Friday's Centenary Test against New Zealand, with the design looking like a combination of the NSW and Queensland Origin jumpers.
While some diehards wouldn't be caught dead wearing the colour of their rival state, Inglis admits the mix suits his allegiances after he was born and raised in Kempsey NSW but opted to play for Queensland where he made his senior debut.
"Being from both states, born in NSW and playing for Queensland, I suppose it is a good jersey for me," Inglis said.
"I don't mind the Kiwi jerseys either. They look good, but I don't think it will look good on me."
Melbourne star Ryan Hoffman will please his family when he pulls on the combined colours as the NSW backrower's father Jay actually played for Queensland.
Given the significance of the occasion and the fact the heritage jumpers will only be worn this Friday, Hoffman says there is no chance he'll participate in the traditional swapping of jumpers with the Kiwis at fulltime.
"Hell no, this is definitely the one I want to keep and put on my wall," he said.
"It just adds to the historical occasion and you know really you are part of something really special.
"It is something the 17 players playing on Friday night will get and no one else will get this opportunity.
"Dad is a Queenslander and I obviously played for NSW so wearing the maroon and blue at the same time is exciting.
"It's also my school colours St Greg's so I'm pretty used to wearing these colours."
New Zealand's heritage outfit resembles the All Blacks jersey, but star Sonny Bill Williams dodged questions about the similarity on Monday after last week suggesting he'd consider converting to rugby union.