Australia gears up for State of Origin series

"I think in reality the NRL are in the fortunate situation where they have kind of four grand finals a year - their grand final and three State of Origin matches".

Two years his senior, fellow Aspley Devils junior Josh McGuire knows exactly what it feels like to be on the end of a Napa bell-ringer and the Maroons lock believes the Origin debutant can have a major influence on the outcome of Game One.

Fifita and Tedesco were enormous in attack, both scoring tries as the Blues posted their first win at Lang Park in an Origin opener since their most recent series victory, in 2014, as well as their biggest in Brisbane.

"He was fantastic in the three matches that he might have played in that position for but a lot's changed since then", Smith said with suggestive intent.

"I definitely think there's two types of loyalty you can have, there's a silly loyalty and there's the loyalty that works", Myles said.

Justin O'Neill is the Queenslander tasked with keeping the "Hayne Plane" grounded tonight and he has been spending the week mining his centre partner Will Chambers for details on how to achieve it.

Daley has been so pleased with his team's preparation in camp at Kingscliff that his team completed only the lightest of captain's runs at Cbus Super Stadium yesterday, their formal run-through lasting just minutes. If we do that, we should play well.

"He is such a big body, he is a massive bloke and plays the game hard".

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Only on Wednesday will we know the impact it has on the Maroons to see their evergreen star on the sidelines with a rookie taking his spot, even if Samoa worldwide Milford is regarded as one of the brightest prospects on the circuit.

For all the doubts regarding his ability to handle the demands of State of Origin with such a limited buildup is the knowledge that the 29-year-old has a way of rising to the greatest challenges thrown his way. "I'm very excited for him and he wouldn't be picked if he wasn't going to do the job", McGuire said.

As the series as a whole, it's usually 2-1 - 14 of the last 15 series have ended 2-1 one way or the other - and I'm going for Queensland by that scoreline this year.

"With the way teams are taught to defend these days there aren't any big-hitters in the game any more so I'm excited to see what Dylan's going to do on Wednesday night".

"With Boyd, I don't want him to be like Gal. Last year I was relieved to get selected and this year I was proud that I worked my way back into it".

"Hayne is a great player".

"But he was a great character to have around the club, he was the ideal build for a ball carrier in the forwards and he was very intimidating". "So a lot of things to look out for".

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