A marked improvement in defence at club level has Blues forward Trent Merrin primed for a big game in Game One of the 2015 Holden State of Origin series.
Called into the Queensland camp following Daly Cherry-Evans's withdrawal, Michael Morgan is set to be the Maroons' x-factor off the bench in Origin I.
The massive NSW front row rotation might be larger than Queensland's, but Jacob Lillyman and the rest of the Maroons pack are up for the challenge.
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NSW five-eighth Mitchell Pearce's club and state teammates have backed the maligned playmaker to bring his best to the Origin arena in 2015.
From the Northern Territory to Nudgee, Melbourne to Munster – Queensland's Will Chambers has seen plenty throughout his journey as a professional footballer.
He may be racing the clock to be fit by Origin I but a fit Billy Slater is the last thing NSW wants to face next week, according to Blues great Brad Fittler.
Mystery still surrounds the fitness of Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges but it wouldn't be a Maroons camp without a bit of chaos, according to Johnathan Thurston.
Roosters trio Boyd Cordner, Michael Jennings and Daniel Tupou are keen to make the most of their club combination on the left edge for NSW in Origin I.
Maroons second-rower Aidan Guerra will be out to limit the impact of Roosters teammate Mitchell Pearce as he returns to the NSW side for Game One.