Should Adam Reynolds fail to recover in time for Origin III, NSW utility Jack Bird believes he's ready to start, just not in the Blues No.7 jersey.
James Graham and Tom Burgess are just a few of the NRL's English contingent who are excited by the impending arrival of Panthers recruit Zak Hardaker.
NSW and South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds could miss up to the next month with a shoulder injury suffered in Origin II on Wednesday night.
Tyson Frizell looked very much the Origin player in his debut while many of the Blues' best were in their first series, a positive sign for NSW in the future.
Despite a wave of experienced players set to retire in the coming years, Queensland are confident the next batch of Maroons are ready to fill the void.
Penrith confirm the departure of hooker James Segeyaro to UK Super League club Leeds in a swap deal for England fullback Zak Hardaker.
Former Panthers lock Elijah Taylor says a licence to get his hands on the ball more under Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor is helping him flourish at the club.
Suspended New South Wales Origin back-rower Wade Graham has picked up where he left off at Sharks training, according to veteran hooker Michael Ennis.
In today's Origin Moments match-up, an unlikely hero for New South Wales goes up against one of the Blues' best ever.
Maroons forward Sam Thaiday faces up to three weeks on the NRL sidelines after being charged with a dangerous throw on Paul Gallen in Origin II.