England rugby league coach Steve McNamara, an assistant at Sydney Roosters, is prepared to use more foreign-born players, but only if they fit well.
Sandow's mixed night, Rabbitohs young guns lead the way, and the premiers find a way to win without Adam Reynolds. The key points to come from Friday night.
A try to South Sydney interchange forward Cameron McInnes with less than five minutes remaining has handed the Rabbitohs a narrow victory over the Eels.
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.
The Eels will be looking to make it two from two against the reigning Premiers when they clash on Friday night at ANZ Stadium.
The Newcastle Knights have announced Mickey Paea will join them next season from English Super League club Hull FC.
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.