Cowboys inclusions Jahrome Hughes and Coen Hess are well aware of the targets on their backs when they line up against the Dragons on Saturday.
There's no doubt Johnathan Thurston will be ready for the opening Holden State of Origin game on June 1, despite carrying a bruised hip into Maroons camp.
Cowboys centre Kane Linnett has signed a two-year contract extension to remain in North Queensland through to the end of the 2018 season.
New Queensland centre Justin O'Neill says the selection of himself and Corey Oates shows just how crucial this year's Emerging Maroons squad was.
The Cowboys are aiming to keep the minor premiership in close sight, while a win for the Dragons will keep them locked in a four-way battle for eighth place.
There has been movement among the top four teams, while the Titans are defiantly continuing their charge towards the top eight and an NRL finals berth.
He's already coached them at club level and Kevin Walters insists Queensland debutants Corey Oates and Justin O'Neill deserve their Maroons call-ups.
The Cowboys have thrown Townsville Blackhawks youngster Jahrome Hughes into the fire, naming the 21-year-old at five-eighth for the clash against the Dragons.
The Broncos and Cowboys added another thrilling chapter to their rivalry, the Panthers lost another game inside the final three minutes and much more.
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