Back in the Queensland Maroons team for the first time since 2015, Daly Cherry-Evans has told why he initially screened coach Kevin Walters' calls.
"In previous years I've been close to getting back in the side and this year I was obviously in contention again for this game," the recalled Origin halfback said.
"Kevvie rang through and I had it in my head it was going to be another phone call telling me how close I was, but that it wasn't to be.
"I ignored the first couple of phone calls and then, after the third call, I thought something might be up.
"I answered and it was good news"
For the full interview, click on the embedded video.
Why I didn't pick up Kevvie's call: Cherry-Evans
In an upbeat chat with QRL Media, Cherry-Evans also discussed what representing his family name meant to him and why he had "learnt plenty of lessons".
On looking forward to Origin III, Cherry-Evans described it as "still very much a war of two states".