Maroons Round Up: July 8

It's Origin eve! You beauty, one more sleep. But before you drift off dreaming of a Queensland win, catch up with the latest news and video. 

The play Flannery will never forget

The pictures of Darren Lockyer swooping on a stray pass to score the try that sealed the 2006 series is etched in Origin folklore. The man who arguably had the best view of Locky’s match-winner at the time was Maroons utility Chris Flannery.

A chat with Sam Thaiday

NRL.com's Tony Webeck comes up with something different in this entertaining piece on one of the great characters in our game. Here is a sample of what you're going to get if you click the above link.

What sound or noise do you hate? Fart noises! I hate things that are repetitive, like sirens. I think that's why your alarm clock is an annoying sound because it makes you get up and turn it off.

 (We warned you it was different)

Lillyman enlists for secret service

This yarn takes an in-depth look at the type of player every team needs.

Origin experience best enjoyed live

Listen up people! This is why you should become a Maroon Member. Read about what these two guys from the US got up to.

Gallery: Inside Maroons training

If the dressing room walls could talk, you would certainly hear some moving words. We can't tell you what was said before the boys hit the training field, but we can bring you some exclusive pictures!  

Lander to skipper Residents

Ipswich Jets lock Keiron Lander will lead Queensland into battle against the NSW Cup rep team in the 5.55pm clash. Read more here.

State skippers unite for Alex

Holden State of Origin captains Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith took the rare step of putting aside State rivalries to join forces for Alex McKinnon’s fundraising campaign.

Smith: Chambers is Origin ready

Find out what our skipper had to say on the eve of Origin III. A huge media contingent swarmed around Cam - let's hope he finds more room to move on Wednesday night!

Featured Origin moment

Darren Lockyer ... we salute you. Who could ever forget your final match in maroon colours on July 6, 2011? Take a little trip down memory lane everyone. 

The final word: Meninga

Mal talks to the media before the Captain's Run. And he’s is in a playful media mood despite some criticism from the media who may just have jumped the gun a little. It was, after all, only this time last week that Mal completed a lengthy press conference at the team announcement and then stayed behind to do at least 10 one-on-one interviews. Throw in a number of radio interviews throughout the week, on top of today’s chat and other engagements, and it’s pretty clear to see he’s done his bit to promote the game.