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Blues expect niggle in Origin opener

Any Queensland Origin team featuring Nate Myles, Corey Parker and Cameron Smith will always bring a bit of niggle, says the Blues' assistant coach.

Spirit of '95 to inspire Qld Origin team

Queensland assistant coach Michael Hagan says former skipper Adrian Lam has inspired the team with tales of the 1995 series whitewash ahead of Origin I.

Pearce asking for Origin forgiveness

Michael Jennings implores Blues fans to forgive teammate Mitchell Pearce for his previous indiscretions and support him in the series-opener.

True test awaits NSW: captain Farah

NSW captain Robbie Farah says it remains to be seen whether the new batch of Blues are willing to do what it takes to again to taste Origin triumph.

Leave Pearce alone: NSW skipper

NSW captain Robbie Farah has told Mitchell Pearce's critics to back off, saying the Blues half will finally shine in Wednesday night's State of Origin opener.

Penrith boosted by return of key duo

Penrith's Peter Wallace and Josh Mansour have been named to return from injury, while Eels playmaker Chris Sandow gets a recall at halfback.

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