BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Israel Folau of the Waratahs looks to take on the defence during the round five Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has backed a rugby union style state of origin match in the middle of the season.

New Queensland Rugby Union boss, Richard, Barker, proposed the idea late last year and Moore says Australian players would love to be part of the event.

“You only have to talk to people, be it fans or your mates or whatever, and they seem to be really positive about it, and for it. That’s a good snapshot of what people in Australia might think,” Moore said.


“It is another different form of content for rugby in Australia beside the Super Rugby and the Test matches, and you’ve seen the popularity of sevens, people like having that variety in the way the game is offered.

“To have something that is just ours, in Australia — and we have observed that in rugby league — it is something that creates excellent rivalry and tribalism and interest. It is well worth pushing ahead with.

“I would absolutely be willing to play. I think it would be a great concept.

"It is something that would be appealing to the fans out there, and I know the players would be keen to look at something like that.”

The game would likely take place on Thursday, June 29, which is a free week in the Super Rugby calendar, following the Wallabies' Test series against Scotland.

Over 75 per cent of Australian professional rugby players come from Queensland or New South Wales.