A visit from Greg Inglis as Darius Boyd sought treatment for adjustment depression helped to forge an even stronger bond between the pair off the field.
Will the 'baby Broncos' step up, or will the Knights make the most of their opportunity against a Brisbane side missing its Origin stars?
Luke Brooks is one of the smallest players in the NRL and has struggled at times in defence, but it is something he has already improved tenfold.
North Queensland is vying for its best ever winning streak in the 20 years of the club, but will have to do it with some notable Origin omissions.
Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin is bracing for a powerful performance from City Origin teammate and direct opponent Josh Reynolds on Sunday.
Queensland Rugby League has confirmed Michael Morgan will replace the injured Daly Cherry-Evans on the bench for State of Origin I.
Sydney's train commuters will be boarding Holden State of Origin branded carriages in the lead up to Game 1 next Wednesday at ANZ Stadium.
NSW have added Matt Moylan, Tyron Frizell and Ryan James to their State of Origin squad as injury cover.
Hard-hitting NSW back-rower Beau Scott says a couple of Origin rookies will make up for the absence of regular "Bruise Brothers" Paul Gallen and Greg Bird.
Luke Brooks and Keith Galloway have called on Wests Tigers fans to show their support at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday when they take on the Cowboys.