Skipper Cameron Smith has rejected suggestions that NSW-Queensland hostility could jeopardise Australia's bid to reclaim the Rugby League World Cup.
Preparing to lead the Kangaroos to the UK for the first time, Smith dismissed speculation of possible ill-feeling between Maroons and Blues players in the squad as unfounded.
"With all due respect to you guys, I think it's a bit of a media beat-up and I can assure you there's no divisions in our side," he said.
"All the guys play against one another in the NRL.
"I have played alongside a lot of the NSW boys for a long time now and get on great with them. As do the rest of us.
"This is not a NSW-Queensland combined team and we all get along and we're looking forward to having a good trip overseas."
Before the final State of Origin game in July, Greg Bird, one of 11 NSW players in coach Tim Sheens' 24-man Australian squad, spoke of tension exacerbated by the Maroons' Origin-winning streak.
"I think the rivalry is a lot bigger," said Bird. "You can tell in the Australian team that the rivalry is there.
"It's definitely stronger than back in 2007 when I debuted."
NSW skipper and Kangaroos vice-captain Paul Gallen had spoken of players from the states sitting at different tables for meals in Test camp.
There was also resentment caused by the singing of the Queensland victory song after the Maroons-dominated Kangaroos' win over New Zealand last year.
Smith is confident the 24-man national squad is united and focused on beating a strong England side in the opening fixture of the tournament on October 26.
Smith's confidence was backed by Queensland centre Brett Tate. AAP