Evans' representative conundrum
With just a little over a month to decide whether he plays for City Origin or Fiji in May's Representative Round, Roosters prop Kane Evans is more than happy to keep his options open.
Similar to the likes of Jarryd Hayne and Akuila Uate, Evans is eligible for both Fiji – who he represented in the 2013 World Cup – and New South Wales.
The Leichhardt Wanderers junior made his City Origin debut in Wagga Wagga last year though is unsure whether to put his hand up to play in Tamworth on May 8.
The 24-year-old is ultimately uncertain over whether another stint for Fiji will impact his Origin chances down the line.
"I want to win the competition and I want to play Origin – I'm dreaming big," Evans told NRL.com.
"It's hard for me though because I'm Fijian as well and they're playing in the same week [as City]. It's hard because it's a city or a country. In that sense, I'd rather play for Fiji because I love representing my mum's side.
"Then again I want to play State of Origin. I'm hoping maybe I can do what Josh McGuire has done by playing for Samoa and then play Origin."
Another factor swaying Evans towards international duties for Fiji is the fact only two players – David Klemmer and Josh Jackson – were picked to make their Origin debuts from the City v Country game last year.
"I'm so glad I can look in both directions," Evans said. "But if [NSW] are only going to pick a small number [who played in Wagga Wagga] I'd rather just play for my country.
"The last World Cup was the best experience of my life. I got to play with Petero Civoniceva, Eloni [Vunakece], the Sims brothers, Aku Uate, Sisa Waqa and Kevin Naiqama. It was pretty mad to play with those boys."
As for now, Evans is only out to help earn the Roosters' elusive first win of the year.
The young prop started the year off with a bang earning man-of-the-match honours for his role in the Roosters' huge World Club Series win over St Helens, but the club's slide since hasn't helped any of the player's cause.
Evans believes the side are trying to correct their poor opening month, and never used the absences of Boyd Cordner, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Mitchell Pearce as an excuse.
"It's been pretty tough the last four weeks but it's also been a massive learning curve. Obviously we haven't won but we're learning lessons every week, so we can only get better this year," Evans said.
"The NRL is of such a high standard and it was a bit of a shock coming into our first game to get slapped by Souths. As long as we keep learning though and keep rectifying our mistakes, we'll be sweet.
"The onus is on us as a team. We have to improve. Our effort is there, we just need to fix up little details. We want games to be decided on our 80 minute performances rather than other factors."