Camp Maroon live blog: Day Three
The Queensland side is now ensconced in Camp Maroon on the Gold Coast after shifting from Brisbane mid-afternoon. They are conducting their official team photos, a promotional shoot for host broadcaster Channel Nine and undergoing some whiz-bang 3D rendering.
We will bring you the official team photo shortly.
The spotlight is shining brightly on State of Origin now but spectacular league is still being played throughout the state.
Take halfback Clinton Horne who racked up 28 points for the Waves Tigers in a Bundaberg A Grade clash on Saturday night against the Wallaroos.
Horne crossed for three tries and banged through eight goals in the Tigers 56-12 win.
The dual BRL A Grade Player of the Year has shown the way for Felise Kaufusi and Coen Hess when the Bundaberg products hit the pitch for the Mighty Maroons in Melbourne on Wednesday.
GREAT NEWS - watching hours of footy on TV can make you a champion! Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has revealed his genius fullback Billy Slater pores over hours of game footage in his relentless quest to improve.
"He still watches all the videos over and over," Bellamy said of Maroons legend Slater, who announced he is retiring from rep football after this year's Origin series.
"He watches more footy than any other player at our club.
"He is still looking to get better; he comes to training every day to get better. That is who he is."
Fiery Maroons legend Chris 'Choppy' Close has lined up Paul Gallen after the Blues ex-skipper publicly expressed doubts over the NSW team, chiefly the omission of Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson for Game I.
Choppy said: "It's really disappointing to hear an ex-NSW captain come out and bag his team.
"That would never happen in Queensland, it's not just part of our fabric, it's not what we do," News Corp quoted the big back, who was named Man of the Match in the first two Origins, as saying.
The striking and evocative designs for the Maroons' new training jersey - launched today - were provided by renowned artists Jyi Lawton and Ronald Henry-Monaei. You can grab one for yourself from maroonsshop.com and rebel. The jerseys honour Queensland's rich Indigenous history. >> Read more
There are seven Ipswich Jets involved in this year's Maroons team, the club proudly said on Facebook. "Qld Halfback Ben Hunt is Jet #582, QLD Second Rower Gavin Cooper is Jet #473.
"Coach Kevin Walters former Ipswich Jets Coach (2007-2008) is Jet #93. Assistant QLD Coach Allan Langer is Jet #68. Assistant QLD Coach Trevor Gillmeister is former Jets Coach (2003-2006).
"Also Congratulations to Mick Hillier (QLD Media Manager) and Luke Anning (QLD and Ipswich Physio)," the Jets posted.
FUN FACT: Greg Inglis will be the first state captain from South Sydney since Bob McCarthy captained NSW in 1971, and will be the first South Sydney player to captain Queensland, as well as the first to captain a State of Origin team, the club said on its website.
In conjunction with ISC and rebel, the QRL is pleased to confirm the Maroons team will visit Brisbane's Queen Street Mall from 12.30pm to 2pm today, just a week out from the opening match of the Holden State of Origin Series in Melbourne.
Billy Slater has been adamant in Camp Maroon that any talk of his future replacement should not discount Darius Boyd.
NSW captain Boyd Cordner confessed on Tuesday he could bring himself to "hate" Greg Inglis, despite a healthy mutual respect.
The NSW Blues have taken an unprecedented step in an attempt to turn the State of Origin tide, employing a referee as part of their coaching staff.
It's also a big weekend for Queensland's female footballers. The Harvey Norman Women's National Championships are being held on the Gold Coast, from which a Queensland and New South Wales team will be picked for Women's State of Origin.
Matt Scott has been found guilty of a shoulder charge by the NRL judiciary and will miss the Cowboys' clash with Manly on Thursday.
Queensland winger Dane Gagai says his Rabbitohs teammate Greg Inglis's elevation to the Maroons captaincy after his traumatic 2017 is an inspiration to not only him and his State of Origin teammates but to the greater indigenous community.
Here's a great compilation produced by QRL Media's video man Bill Scurfield, taking you behind the scenes at yesterday's open media session with the Maroons.
Wakey, wakey rise and shine, we are back with the Camp Maroons live blog for another day.
Day Two wrapped up with the Series Launch at Brisbane City Hall.