They might be teammates at club level, but don't expect Maroons rookie Dylan Napa to go soft on Blues skipper Boyd Cordner when State of Origin kicks off.
NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley won't restrict Jarryd Hayne to the left centre corridor as he attempts to reignite his attacking fire against Queensland.
Warriors front rower James Gavet has extended his contract with the club, while Leivaha Pulu has signed from the Gold Coast Titans.
Canberra fullback Jack Wighton has re-signed with the Raiders through to the end of the 2020 season.
He was touted as the Blues five-eighth just a few weeks into the season, but Roosters recruit Luke Keary says State of Origin talk is premature.
The NRL's best enjoyed wins ahead of the start of the bye rounds while the mid-table sides showed glimpses of better things to come.
Queensland great Justin Hodges on Anthony Milford's inclusion in the Maroons side for Game One and how to get the best out of the livewire five-eighth.
Maroons coach Kevin Walters said his side are preparing to play without Johnathan Thurston, meaning Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford will debut in Origin I.
NSW coach Laurie Daley says he needs to see prolonged periods of form before picking players, with Dragons prop Paul Vaughan missing out for Origin I.
New Blues captain Boyd Cordner spoke of the emotions he felt when informed by coach Laurie Daley that he'd captain NSW in the 2017 Origin series.