Veteran Blues centre Josh Morris is ready to celebrate his Origin recall by starching up a new and youthful NSW right side as it readies to handle the threats of Cameron Munster, Kalyn Ponga and Michael Morgan.
The last time 32-year-old Morris donned sky blue in 2016, the rest of the current Blues line up bar skipper Boyd Cordner and prop David Klemmer had yet to make their Origin debuts.
Morris made an Origin career out of shutting down Maroons legend Greg Inglis; while Inglis retired as Origin's greatest try-scorer, he crossed 14 times in 19 games when not opposing Morris and just four times in 13 games when Morris was tasked with keeping him quiet.
On June 5, Morris will have 21-year-old halfback Nathan Cleary to his left and 20-year-old Origin debutant Nick Cotric on his right. However, the rejuvenated Sharks centre doesn't believe either will need too much looking after.
"We've had a couple of conversations here and there, how we want to attack and how we want to defend," Morris told NRL.com.
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"We'll look at some video over the next couple of days as well and just keep having those conversations so we're all on the same page heading into Wednesday night."
In terms of advice, he just encouraged the pair to remain calm.
"Let's not do anything like a knee-jerk reaction, come out of the line for no reason, let's make sure we're all doing the same thing and we'll be hard to crack if we can manage that," he said.
The other key man on that right edge will be Dragons second-rower Tyson Frizell, who missed the early training sessions while he went through concussion protocol after a head knock in the round 11 loss to Cronulla.
After completing a non-contact training run on Friday before the Saturday rest day, Frizell believes the main field session on Monday will be enough to ensure everyone is up to speed.
"I joined the group on Friday and pretty much did the whole session other than contact," Frizell said.
"It's our first day back in training, just did a little bit of weights [Sunday] and I'll be back into full training [Monday].
"Most of the boys [on that edge] there are new bar me and Nath so it was good to get a few combinations right on Friday and we've obviously got a big day [Monday]."
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Cleary was confident in both his new right-edge defensive combination as well as his new halves partnership with electric Souths star Cody Walker.
"We've had a few sessions there, it's taken a while to kind of gel together and see how each other like to defend but it's going really well and hopefully we get one more session [Monday] to develop it to near perfect and just get out there on Wednesday and do our best," Cleary said.
"[The halves combination] is going really well, it's developing with each session. He's my roomie so I'm getting to know him a lot better as well which is good and really looking forward to playing with him on Wednesday night.
"He's a bit cheeky, bit of a prankster but he's a great bloke and really good to have around. He's an absolute freak on the field so I'm really looking forward to playing with him."
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Cleary's debut series alongside halves partner James Maloney resulted in a Blues series win, with Cleary playing the limited and specific role he was giving very well while Maloney took charge of the team.
Cleary will be asked to take more ownership of the side this year but laughs when asked whether he or Walker is ''the boss''.
"Cody would say he's the boss but I think I am!" Cleary said.
So who does Souths and Blues hooker Damien Cook pass it to if both halves call for the ball with the game on the line?
"Cody plays with Cooky but I've already spoken to Cooky about this," Cleary laughed.
"Hopefully I'll be getting the ball but we'll have to wait and see in the heat of the moment."
Cleary agreed his role would have to evolve with the change of halves partners.
"Jimmy and Cody are obviously different styles of players. I think Cody just needs to get the ball in space and that will be what I'm focusing on," he said.
"We've got a lot of people in this team that just need the ball in a bit of space so I just need to sort out the direction and kicking game and let the Ferraris do their work."
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