NSW front-rower Paul Vaughan has put his hand up to take the opening carry in the Suncorp Stadium cauldron when he makes his first State of Origin start in game three.
Having made his debut in game one this year, Vaughan has been thrust into the starting line-up by coach Brad Fittler after game-two prop Matt Prior was dropped.
"I'm pretty stoked to be honest. I only found out yesterday through the team announcement, which was pretty cool. It's a massive job and massive shoes to fill," Vaughan said on Tuesday.
The St George Illawarra star has emerged as one of the game's premier props for the ladder leaders, and is keen to show why when the first ball is kicked next Wednesday.
"It'll be pretty cool to get my hands on the ball nice and early, get in the game. It's always one thing I like to do - try and get involved as early as I can and go off the back of that," he said.
"I think the hit-up that I had at the MCG off the kick off, that was pretty cool. But to start a game and get the kick off will be pretty cool. As long as I don't get smashed, I'll be stoked."
Vaughan becomes the third player to partner David Klemmer in the run-on side following the series-ending injury to Reagan Campbell-Gillard.
His promotion is also likely to mean an increase in minutes, having spent a combined 57 minutes on the field over the opening two games of the series.
"It's a massive thing to do because you've got to set the platform for the team. You've got to be tight in all aspects of your game, attack and defence," Vaughan said.
Klemmer said Vaughan deserved his selection in the No. 10 jumper.
"He's done his role off the bench and he's made for this arena," Klemmer said.
"He's been outstanding so nothing changes for him. Just get the ball, tackle hard, run hard and keep doing what he's doing because he's doing it for his club and his state."
Klemmer will enter the Brisbane match as the most experienced front-rower from both teams, with Queensland going with Jai Arrow and Josh Papalii following an injury to Dylan Napa.
Neither Maroons forward has previously started in the front-row in an Origin match.
"Losing Dylan Napa is a massive loss for them. But they throw big Papa and young Jai Arrow who's been outstanding this year as well," Klemmer said.
"They'll be hungry to get some minutes and some footy."
The Blues on Tuesday continued their preparations with a 90-minute run at Coogee Oval, however skipper Boyd Cordner sat out most of the session with a minor calf strain.
The team has a day off on Wednesday before Cordner is expected to return for the main training run on Thursday.