WITH only a few hours to go before kick off, punters have placed Queensland as firm favourites to take out Origin I.
TEAM line ups and pre-match wrap for State of Origin I.
GOLD Coast Titans player Ashley Harrison has been named as Queensland
PENRITH utility Luke Lewis has been called into the NSW State of Origin team as 18th man.
QUEENSLAND have resisted the temptation to publicly respond to NSW forward Paul Gallen's verbal assaults, but a former Maroon has decided otherwise.
QUEENSLAND firebrand Carl Webb has declared it's "game on", warning NSW aren't just talking tough before Wednesday night's opening State of Origin clash.
BRISBANE coach-in-waiting Ivan Henjak has dismissed claims NSW are taking an unnecessary risk by throwing rookie halfback Peter Wallace into Origin I.
GIANT teenage sensation Israel Folau shied away from comparisons with Queensland rugby league great Mal Meninga when he stepped into his first Origin camp.
QUEENSLAND enforcer Carl Webb expects NSW to put everything on the line to try and salvage some lost pride in Wednesday's State of Origin series opener.
QUEENSLAND stand on the verge of a new dynasty in State of Origin rugby league, a domination they have not experienced in almost two decades.