NSW may have named an unchanged side for the first time in 19 years but it was very much a new-look team that got their Origin III training camp underway.
These two desperate western Sydney teams are both outside the eight and at risk of losing touch with the finals contenders.
With both teams securing essential wins last weekend, this game could prove to be a make or break one in the grand scheme of things.
After being drafted into camp for the Blues prior to Game Two, Dylan Walker wants to use his Origin experience to kick-start the Rabbitohs' run to the finals.
While the Origin stars are away for the final time this season, a few NRL Fantasy weapons still remain for the tricky Round 17 bye round.
Some 6,000 people converged on the centre of the 'Gateway to the Whitsundays' to get a glimpse, a smile, an autograph or a photo with Queensland players.
Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson says the confidence gained from another Origin camp helped him put in his best club performance of the year against the Storm.
Lessons from Belmore, why the Panthers could be back, a shock from the Cowboys and a new rookie of the year contender.
The Dragons have announced the signings of Storm utility Kurt Mann for 2016 and forwards Mark Ioane and Luke Page for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Dane Gagai was the local hero as the Maroons descended on North Queensland with eager young fans pushing jerseys, hats and a pen in his direction.