Dane Gagai has been called into the Queensland Origin squad as cover for Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges and Billy Slater.

Camp chaos nothing new: Thurston

Greg Inglis was again absent from the morning swim and mystery still surrounds the foot injury to Justin Hodges but it wouldn't be a Queensland camp without a bit of chaos according to Maroons five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

The Maroons completed Thursday's training session in near darkness on the Gold Coast, the team run delayed so that Newcastle centre Dane Gagai could participate with both Inglis and Hodges unable to train.

The Queensland centres are again expected to be absent for the team's opposed session against Burleigh Bears on Friday afternoon but are not in any serious doubt to miss next Wednesday's crucial opening game of the 2015 Holden State of Origin Series.

Since the team was named on Tuesday afternoon Gagai and Cowboys utility Michael Morgan have been brought into camp with Morgan confirmed by Meninga as Daly Cherry-Evans's replacement on the bench after the Manly star was ruled out on Wednesday with a shoulder injury.

There is positive news surrounding the shoulder injury to Billy Slater who got through some light contact work on Thursday and Thurston said the experience within the squad will ensure any disruptions are minimal come kick-off.

"From all reports I'm hearing the boys will be right to train over the next couple of days so they just need to rest up and they'll be fine to train," Thurston said.

"It's not ideal but I can't remember the last camp that's run really smoothly. It's not like we haven't been in this position before. Both those boys (Inglis and Hodges) have played over 20 Origins, they know what's going on.

"It's all about individual preparation and making sure that you're getting the best out of yourself while you're here each day. We've got six or seven blokes that have played over 20 Origins so they know how to prepare, they know how to get the best out of themselves to play in big games and they don't get any bigger than Game One."

 

Only seven times since the Origin concept went to a three-match series in 1982 has a team come back to win after dropping the opening game with Queensland most recently achieving the feat in 2013.

On that occasion they lost Game One to the Blues at ANZ Stadium 14-6 which took their record in series openers at ANZ to just one win from seven attempts since 1999.

It's a statistical anomaly for one of the greatest sides ever assembled but nonetheless puts additional emphasis on making sure the Queensland preparation is timed to perfection next Wednesday.

"Game One is pretty crucial. It sets your Series up and we haven't had a lot of luck down there lately," said Thurston, who will play his record 31st consecutive Origin match next week.

"This is about getting your individual preparation right and your team prep right to make sure that we've given ourselves every opportunity and chance of winning down there.

"It hurt losing the series last year but I think we've got a really good opportunity here to show how good this side is and no doubt it will be one of the toughest Origin series we've been a part of.

"With them winning the series last year they'll be confident. They come up with a really good game-plan last year to nullify our attack in games one and two and they'll be looking to execute that next week."