In 12 hours' time, the 2016 XXXX Queensland Maroons team for Game I will be announced, but until then the speculation continues to rage. The media, the analysts and every pub expert across the state are all convinced their team is the best Maroons team possible. The team.
Former Maroons iron man forward Petero Civoniceva couldn't resist having a go too. At the official XXXX Queensland Maroons Team Picker, Petero scrolled through a talented list of players and came up with his pick. And he's pretty happy with it.
"Not a bad, squad, don't you think?" he said. "I can't see too many weaknesses there."
Civoniceva compared his team to the VB NSW Blues named today and was licking his lips at the contest. "Bring on Game I," he said. "The Blues have named a good side, that's for sure, but I wouldn't want to be playing this Maroons team. There's quality in every position."
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Civoniceva said that, while the Maroons looked the stonger outfit on paper, "Origin isn't played on paper - that's why we love it so much."
And if anyone knows the harsh reality of Origin, it's Petero Civoniceva.