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Four Nations snub 'hurt' Brisbane's Oates

  • Four Nations snub 'hurt' Brisbane's Oates

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Corey Oates of the Broncos celebrates victory after the round 24 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

By rights, Corey Oates should be happy.

But the Brisbane winger admits a Four Nations snub "hurt" and has spurred him on to better his stellar 2016 NRL season.

Oates cemented a spot in Queensland's all-conquering Origin back line this season, capping a meteoric rise for the 22-year-old.

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Yet Oates still finished the year with a sense of regret after being overlooked for the Kangaroos' triumphant Four Nations campaign.

"I think not getting picked this year it hurt in a way," Oates told the Broncos website.

"I think I've got to start realising that's my next step, playing for my country.

"Even though it hurt, I was pretty happy with the year I had and that's definitely the next thing I want to do - to wear that green and gold and represent my country."

Not that Oates was taking his Maroons jumper for granted.

"Another goal for me I think next year is obviously to try and make the Origin team again," he said.

"It would be a big downer if you get picked one year and don't get picked the next.

"That's all down to me obviously and the way I want to go about things and how hard I'm training in the off-season."

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