MAITLAND, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Tariq Sims of the Dragons during the NRL Trial match between the Newcastle Knights and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Maitland No. 1 Sportsground on February 22, 2020 in Maitland, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Dragons forward Tariq Sims admitted that he was caught completely off guard when receiving the call up phone call from NSW Blues head coach, Brad Fittler.

"I wasn't expecting the call from Freddy at all," Sims told NRL.com.

"My daughter actually had my phone at the time and it had died while she was using it.

"She hadn't told me it was dead, as kids do, and it wasn't until about 8.30am I'd realised my phone had been off.

"So I threw it on charge and at about 9am, I checked it again and I had a couple of missed calls and messages - before word started to filter through with the good news.

"It was one of those moments where you pinch yourself."

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Like the majority of Sims' teammates, coach Freddy has allocated a specific role for him in the side.

"That job is to make the ball-players get the footy out of their hands early, by putting legal pressure on them.

"It's no easy task, as they've got some of the best playmakers in the game, but I'm ready to give it a go.

"Freddy also wants me to protect my half too, which is not too different to the way I like to play anyway."

As zeroed in as he is on the clash at Townsville, Sims isn't taking this chance for granted, as he wants to help the Blues regain the series trophy.

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"This is definitely the pinnacle of my playing career and one of the proudest moments I've ever had," he said.

"But I know, if I make a mistake, I could be out the door.

"Everything I do needs to be calculated, done the right way and done in a way that's beneficial to the team because Origin is such a team sport and you can't do things one-out.

"If we do that, we definitely have the squad that can get the job done, not just next Wednesday but in the series."

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