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.
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.
Michael Morgan has been called in as cover for Daly Cherry-Evans but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has not ruled out playing Roosters firebrand Dylan Napa instead.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has backed his halves pairing of Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney to do a job for NSW if selected in the 2015 squad.
Halves battle fails to deliver, the rise and fall of James Graham and the excitement of a nation over one Roosters fullback headline the Tricolours' 24-10 win.
Two try assists from Roosters co-captain Jake Friend and dazzling footwork from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck have helped Roosters to a comfortable win over the Bulldogs.
There is a round of blockbusting NRL games looming – and Friday night's crucial clash between the Bulldogs and Roosters is central to Origin calculations.
In a remarkable turn of events, four of the men in contention for the NSW halves spots will face off on Friday night as the Bulldogs and Roosters meet.
Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall has extended his contract at the club for a further two seasons, keeping him at Bondi until the end of 2017.