It wouldn’t be Origin night without a bet for most punters and there are some big figures being wagered tonight.
Surely there have never been more than 14 players handed their Origin debuts in one series.
That’s how many new players will have pulled on the Queensland jersey when Harry Grant enters the fray tonight.
Grant will join AJ Brimson, Xavier Coates, Dunamis Lui, Moeaki Fotuaika, Phillip Sami, Kurt Capewell, Corey Allan, Jake Friend, Jaydn Su’A, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Lindsay Collins, Brenko Lee and Edrick Lee.
If the Maroons can pull off the upset tonight, it will be remembered as one of the great Origin heists.
“After the strange season we’ve had, this feels like a proper Origin. The streets around the old Lang Park are heaving, traffic at a standstill, Caxton St is closed and even better for the home team, there’s barely a NSW jersey to be spotted.”
The Herald’s own Brisbane-based Phil Lutton
It’s hard to go past Cameron Munster as Queensland’s most dangerous player.
He’s certainly a different cat
There’s no room for Darren Lockyer in Queensland’s greatest ever State of Origin team.
Yep, you read that right.
As shocking as that may initially sound, it’s hard to argue with Wally Lewis and Johnathan Thurston lining up in the halves.
How’s this for a statistic to send shivers down every NSW’s fan spine.
Queensland have won seven of the last eight Origin deciders.
The Maroons have also not lost a home decider since 2005 – the year before their eight straight series streak kicked off.
There won’t be 52,500 Queenslanders baying for NSW blood at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
That number has been scaled back to 49,750 – due to corporate suites social distancing and some vacant seats to assist with player biosecurity protocols.
Advantage, NSW? Maybe?
The final 17 for both teams are in.
NSW are 1-17 but there are changes aplenty for Queensland.
Corey Allan will make his Origin debut at fullback, Edrick Lee will have his first taste of Origin football on the wing and he will be joined by his cousin Brenko – who is also on debut.
Harry Grant is the other debutant named. He will enter the fray from the pine at some point late in the first half.
Valentine Holmes will wear the No. 1 but start on the other wing.
Cameron Munster has passed all head injury assessment protocol and will line up at five-eighth and Kurt Capewell has shifted to his preferred position in the forward pack.
Christian Welch also makes his return from a head knock.
Wally Lewis will always be regarded as Queensland’s best State of Origin performer but Cameron Smith surely can’t be far behind.
The player many regard the greatest of all time may still be keeping everyone in the dark about his playing future but he is part of Nine’s coverage this evening.
His words ring true for the 34 men about to square off in Brisbane.
“These are the nights you live for,” Smith said.