He's now a Queensland veteran but 13 years ago it was a pre-game under-17s Origin clash that caught Wayne Bennett's eye and kick-started Sam Thaiday's career.
After a few days in Queensland Origin camp, NSW star Dane Gagai was brought back to earth with a thud in Newcastle's 31-18 loss to Brisbane.
It's the common catch phrase associated with the Brisbane Broncos once State of Origin season rolls around, but the 'Baby Broncos' tag is becoming deceptive.
From Wayne Bennett's successful return to Newcastle to the rise of the Broncos' lethal left edge, here are the key points from Brisbane's win over the Knights.
Titans forward Luke Douglas has urged Gold Coast fans to match the expected invasion of Rabbitohs supporters at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Titans centre Jamie Dowling is using his difficult experiences to shed light on issues relating to mental health.
The Brisbane Broncos have embarrassed the Knights 31-18 in Newcastle thanks to an incredible second-half blitz, despite missing six players to Origin duty.
Just how do the NSW Blues prepare for an epic State of Origin series opener in their training camp at Coffs Harbour? NRL.com's Chris Kennedy was there.
Official team lists for Round 11 of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season, plus State of Origin I.
Andrew Voss talks to Referee's Coach Tony Archer, Match Review Official Michael Buettner and former Sea Eagles great Steve Menzies about the game's big issues.