Back-rower Boyd Cordner is excited at the prospect of his first starting berth for NSW and is ready to play out the full 80 minutes if required.
Queensland assistant Trevor Gillmeister says the Maroons are set to go with an all-forward bench in the State of Origin opener if Cooper Cronk is out injured.
Junior Paulo is likely to have played his final game for Parramatta after being pulled out of Monday's NRL game against Newcastle.
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.
NSW centre Josh Dugan has been replaced by Josh Morris after re-aggravating his elbow injury in Coffs Harbour.
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.