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Colin Scott was asked to play in an Innisfail Invitation XIII in 1979 against North Queensland. From there he was picked for the Queensland Country team and went on represent Queensland in the same year. Scott played for Queensland Country in the Amco Cup when the boys from the bush downed Sydney club Newtown, with the talented fullback playing a leading role. Townsville hosted the second Queensland trial game in which Scott scored two tries for the Queensland Northern Zone team in front of his home crowd . Without having played for North Queensland, Scott found himself wearing the number one Maroon jersey against New South Wales, which he retained for all three matches. In the match against Great Britain, Scott scored two tries in Queensland's close 25-19 loss to the tourists. Colin Scott moved to Brisbane Easts the next season and was again chosen to play for Queensland. After two losses to New South Wales and despite playing in reserve grade at Easts, Scott was chosen at fullback for the historic inaugural State of Origin match. The next season 1981, Colin Scott moved to Wynnum Manly, teaming up with Gene Miles, Tony Kambouris and Greg Dowling. In the first interstate game in 1981 Scott was joined by Chris Phelan who had moved to Brisbane Souths. In the second interstate game Scott was joined by Queensland debutantes Gene Miles and Marshall Colwell, also former Townsville Souths club-mates. Scott became a fixture at fullback for Queensland, playing in 25 matches, including 16 State of Origin clashes. In 1983, after Queensland had wrapped up the State of Origin series, Colin Scott was chosen at fullback for Australia in the Second Test against New Zealand at Lang Park. His old Souths team mate, Gene Miles was in the centres. Scott payed the price for being a Queenslander in a losing team and was not chosen to represent his country again, despite playing for Queensland for another four seasons. In 1988 after an off-season with English club Castleford, Scott joined the Brisbane Broncos in the expanded Sydney competition as he neared the end of his career at the top. The following year he returned to North Queensland, playing with the Moranbah club in the Mackay competition and fulfilling one of his long-time ambitions, to play for North Queensland. Scott then returned to Townsville Souths, but an unfortunate incident from which he received a hefty suspension inappropriately finished his distinguished career.