Player poll: Favourite Origin moment
Whether they are favourite moments of their own or ones they remember fondly as a fan, the game's modern stars from both sides of the border all have an Origin memory that they nominate as their favourite.
Sam Thaiday (Broncos)
I have two. I can remember sitting in the stands and watching Billy Slater score that chip and chase try. That was amazing. It unfolded right in front of me because I was sitting on that side of the field. Lockyer put the kick through and Billy picked it up and put the kick in and scored. That was magnificent. My second one is quite funny. I took my now wife, who wasn't even my girlfriend at the time, to the game where Matty Bowen scored. I bought some tickets through the club and got jibbed a bit. We were sitting in the rafters! Matty Bowen scored that intercept try and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I ended up marrying Rachel later in life so I can thank Matty the matchmaker!
Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)
The last game I went to was when Shaun Timmins kicked the field goal in 2004. I was right behind the posts when that happened and that's the last and only game I've been to. That would be No.1 because I was right behind the posts when the ball fell probably two or three seats down from us so I'll never forget that moment.
Sam Lisone (Warriors)
Probably when 'Bull' (Jacob Lillyman) did a sidestep last year and made a little half break. He had a little spring in his step that day. But I only go for the boys who I play with. I don't really support an Origin team so if 'Hoffy' (Ryan Hoffman) or Bull is playing I just support them.
Aidan Guerra (Roosters)
The one that sticks out in my mind was when Matty Bowen took that intercept back in 2005. Being from Townsville and having something to do with him as I was growing up to see him do that on the big stage it dawned on me that that was something special. The whole country was watching this little fella run down and take an intercept and change the game.
Corey Oates (Broncos)
It'd have to be when 'Locky' (Darren Lockyer) picked that ball up and scored a try when they threw it to the ground in 2006. That's the one that pops into my head straight away. I would have been at home in Baralaba watching it. As a big family we'd always go to someone's house to watch it and it was always pretty loud, that's all I remember.
Steve Walters (Maroons legend)
The favourite moment from my Origin career was when we won the last game in 1991. It was Wally Lewis's last game and we won the Series so that was it for me. I don't remember Wally saying anything to us before kick-off that it was going to be his last game or anything, I think they made an announcement over the public address at half-time at the stadium. An event like 'The King' retiring would probably be a bit different these days but he mustn't have wanted a big deal made about it or anything.
Anthony Don (Titans)
I'd have to say Johnsy's (Andrew Johns) comeback in 2005 when he came back from that broken jaw. I think Trent Barrett got ruled out during the week with a 'hammy' and he came in and dominated the game. Being a New South Welshman he and Brad Fittler were two of my favourites.
Dane Gagai (Knights)
It's definitely when Matty Bowen got that interception to win the game. He was my favourite NRL player to watch. When I was growing up as a kid I absolutely loved watching 'Mango'. I remember sitting on the lounge room floor at my uncle's place when he got the interception and I was screaming and going nuts.
Billy Slater (Storm)
Growing up in Innisfail and watching Allan Langer, Wally Lewis and Mal Meninga play for Queensland with all that passion is what Origin is all about for me. The Mark Coyne try stands out for me. That happened in my childhood and that was the era that I really dreamt of playing for Queensland. The hair stands up on the back of your neck when you hear Ray Warren calling it.
Matt Scott (Cowboys)
I was 18th man in Game Three of 2006 and one moment always sticks out in my head. I was sitting on the sideline after having played Game One and I knew how much that Series meant to Queensland. I still get goosebumps when I think about when [Darren] Lockyer picked up that loose ball and scored under the sticks. It started a very successful era for Queensland.