A state-against-state, mate-against-mate rugby league battle is about to hit Brisbane – and it’s not the third State of Origin between our NSW VB Blues and the Maroons.

The Lend Lease Wheelchair Rugby League Interstate Challenge features NSW and Queensland’s best up against each other in a no-holds-barred clash that insiders predict will be a big step forward for the sport in this country.

“The Interstate Challenge Wheelchair Rugby League clash between NSW and Queensland will most definitely be a match of Origin-like intensity,” Director of Wheelchair Rugby League Australia, Joseph Chidiac, tells NSWRL.com.au.

“This is a big step forward for our sport – an extraordinary event which we hope will become a well-supported annual occurrence.”

Wheelchair Rugby League is a sport proud of its inclusiveness – an action-packed code that allows able-bodied and disabled athletes to play with or against each other on the same court.

“Two brothers, or a group of friends, for instance, can play together no matter their physical abilities,” Chidiac says.

“It’s something we’re very proud of, that inclusiveness…

“This event has been in the pipeline for a while now. Queensland don’t have a regular competition. This is a taster event and something, with support, we hope will capture the public’s imagination.

“It should be a great clash.”

The Lend Lease Wheelchair Rugby League Interstate Challenge between NSW and Queensland takes place this Thursday, July 2, at Eagles Sports Complex in Mansfield, Queensland. Kick-off from 5:30pm.

An all-ages come-and-try event is being held at Carina Basketball Stadium, Queensland, on the same day just before the Interstate Challenge from 3:15pm.

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For more information on the Rugby League Interstate Challenge click here.