NSW captain Gallen: Queensland are bad winners


As Paul Gallen prepares to farewell State of Origin, the departing New South Wales captain could not help himself from taking a shot at Queensland ahead of Wednesday's series finale.

Heading into his final Origin match in Sydney on Wednesday, Gallen accused the Maroons of being bad winners, after they wrapped up a 10th series win in 11 years via a 26-16 victory on June 22.

Public enemy number one in Queensland, Gallen is set to make his 24th and final Origin appearance but the tenacious 34-year-old is showing no signs of softening his stance toward the Maroons as the Blues attempt to avoid a series whitewash.

"I'll say one thing about Queenslanders, I think they're bad winners to be honest with you," Gallen said on Monday.

"When you win 10 of 11 series or whatever it is you probably can afford to be.

"That's not so much the players, I'm talking about the people up there in general to be honest with you but as I said they've got the runs on the scoreboard so we can't change it."

Gallen added: "There's that many times I go to Queensland with the Australian side and everyone says 'we'd love to have you as a Queenslander any day of the week' and I find that an insult.

"I remember I've had a couple of drinks with Justin Hodges on Australian tours and he's said the same thing to me. It's like, 'oh mate leave me alone'.

"I think there's a respectful hatred there, there's no doubt about it, but it's finishing on Wednesday."