A summary of today's QRL.com.au news and events.
After a couple of whirlwind days, calm was restored in Camp Maroon today.
A refreshing early morning swim in the Sanctuary Cove lagoon pool was the perfect tonic for the Maroons.
2.44pm: Willie Tonga interview
Relaxing by the pool, Willie Tonga talks about his return to the Origin arena alongside his “band of brothers”. He might seem laid back, but there can be no denying just how hard this guy has worked to get back into the Origin mix.
3.33pm: JT expects 'hostile' reception
The man with the best laugh in the game tackles a range of serious and light-hearted questions in this entertaining chat.
4.37pm: Qld Universities Residents squad
The Origin blockbuster isn’t the only Queensland v New South Wales game on the radar, with the Queensland Universities Residents team to play the Blues named today. The study books are out the window as these guys gear up for the big game.
5.59pm: The 'biggest' game we'll play
Maroons centre Justin Hodges on Origin Two: "Going down to Sydney, 1-0 down, obviously facing a lot of injuries, it's going to be our biggest challenge over the last eight years. This game is probably the biggest game we'll play."
8.26pm: 'Calm' Mal keeps Maroons afloat
Paul Malone from the Courier-Mail provides a great read on the man steering the Maroons’ ship.
Looking ahead: The XXXX Maroons will rip into training at Sanctuary Cove on Friday afternoon. They'll cool their heels on Saturday, before an opposed session against the Queensland Under 18s on Sunday morning.
From there it's off to Sydney, with the first stop a 5.30pm Fan Day at Moore Park.