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Warriors forward Feleti Mateo has spurned the opportunity to play for New Zealand, Tonga or England, instead opting for the lure of State of Origin.

Mateo played for New South Wales City in their annual city-country match in 2008, before siding with Tonga for that year's World Cup.

He will soon be eligible for as many as four countries, but says Origin is the pinnacle.

"I'm hoping that I can play some good footy leading into the selection of the city-country game and hopefully get a start in there and hopefully move onto New South Wales."

It means Mateo will play for Australia if selected for the World Cup.

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