Queensland have given NSW plenty to ponder by vowing to play an all-forwards bench if Cooper Cronk is ruled out of the State of Origin series opener.
Queensland back-rower Sam Thaiday says Cooper Cronk's round the clock ankle treatment is taking its toll ahead of the State of Origin opener in Sydney.
Josh Dugan has been ruled out of NSW side for State of Origin I due to an elbow injury, with Josh Morris drafted in at right centre.
Erin Clare, star of the worldwide smash hit musical We Will Rock You, will sing the Australian National Anthem before State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium.
Tyson Frizell was released from NSW's 19-man squad for Origin I and responded with a commanding performance for the Dragons in their two point win.
Cowboys coach Paul Green was under no illusion the unavailability of the Cowboys' five Origin representatives was the difference in their clash with Dragons.
The NRL's State of Mind Grassroots Program has been designed to be delivered to grassroots Rugby League Clubs across Australia and New Zealand.
The Maroons are planning to be without Cooper Cronk for Origin I, with Johnathan Thurston likely to partner Cowboys teammate Michael Morgan in the halves.
While they're now at different clubs, NSW coach Laurie Daley will be hoping several Blues can tap into the existing combinations they formed in previous years.
Blues winger Josh Mansour opens up on what motivates him to succeed ahead of his Holden State of Origin debut for NSW on Wednesday night.