Incumbent NSW fullback James Tedesco is hoping the three surgeries he has undergone since his last NRL game have him fighting fit to retain his Blues jersey.
NRL.com's writers take a few early guesses at how the State of Origin series will play out. Which state will prevail, and which new faces will earn a call-up?
Just 50 kilometres will separate State of Origin preparations for both Queensland and New South Wales in 2017 with the Maroons also moving their training base.
Legendary NSW fullback Anthony Minichiello says the options the state currently boasts in filling his old jersey bodes well for the future of the Blues.
Despite few challengers for Robbie Farah's Blues No.9 jersey, NSW legend Danny Buderus believes the next crop of emerging hookers aren't far away.