A historic meeting between the first Women's State of Origin team and the men's Origin side occurred on Monday over lunch at Sanctuary Cove.

With the profile of the women's game growing exponentially in recent years – and now afforded prime-time broadcast status with the Origin fixture on Friday night – the meeting was a reflection of the times.

Click the embedded video above to view the footage.

Respective captains Karina Brown and Greg Inglis were deep in conversation and posed for press cameras to mark the occasion.

Around the room, players from both squads mingled and discussed the looming assignments for their respective Maroons outfits.

And there was a chance for some candid photos as male and female players met their past and present idols from the vaunted interstate series.

Name change

This year, what was previously the Women's Interstate Challenge has become the Holden Women's State of Origin.

The women's match is being played at North Sydney Oval, NSW, on Friday at 7.40pm and will be broadcast live on Channel 9, FOX and the NRL App from 7.30pm.

Men's

The men's Origin fires up at 7.40pm on Sunday at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Olympic Park.

Enjoy it on TV on the Nine Network, online with the NRL app, and follow live scores, stats and highlights at NRL Match Centre.