State of Origin fever has arrived with NSW and Queensland counting down the days ahead of next Wednesday's Game 1.

The difference between the two states and the two approaches to State of Origin this week were worlds apart.  On Sunday afternoon NSW named their team in a traditional press conference format, while two days later; Queensland players were introduced individually like rock-stars to a packed auditorium in Brisbane. What does it mean for the series? Not a whole lot. But for someone who was at both, it made fascinating viewing to say the least.

The official State of Origin site is live and is your one-stop location for all your Origin news; straight from the two teams themselves and our experts.

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Updated Team Lists: Who's in and out for this week's games.

This week on NRL.com
Sultan of Suncorp – Darren Lockyer now on the same level as ‘the king’

Creagh’s axing led to revival – How being dropped from the Blues improved Ben Creagh

Michael Ennis – in camp behind the scenes

Official View – Refs on the right track

NRL Mailbox – The Rolling Match Schedule

Stats Insider – Who’s winning the territory battle

NRL.com Columnists

You can now access all our opinion writers in the one location! Each week their latest column will be featured and you can find them all here.

Peter Sterling: Sterling Gold – Analysing the Blues new faces

David Middleton: From the Mind of Middo – Rich history of Rabbits across the Tasman

Leila McKinnon: In Touch – The power of the underdog

NSW assistant coach Trent Barrett: Inside Word – Blues have the belief

Graham Murray: Coach’s Box – NSW should target the rookies

Matt Russell: Next Gen – How five players who line up in State of Origin made their name in the Toyota Cup

Match Previews – How is your team shaping up this week?  Find out all the latest news, statistics and where the game will be won and lost

Last time they played:

Raiders Bulldogs
Tigers Panthers
Roosters Knights
Warriors Rabbitohs
Eels Sharks

This week’s videos on NRL.com

No more injury blues: Dean Young

Queensland named and ready to rock: All the action

Behind the scenes: Meet Queensland

NRL News with Brad Fittler and Joel Caine

Late Mail with Peter Sterling:

Top Hits and Tries

Plus lots lots more – you can access them all here

Coming up this weekend on NRL.com
 
Saturday/Sunday 3:00pm – 4:30pm: NRL Deluxe on League TV with Freddy Fittler and John Gibbs

Full Match replays or just watch the best bits with Game Analyser. (All matches available 24 hours after final siren.)