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.
SPEED machine Shannon Walker is set to make his NRL debut for the Titans next weekend following a long term knee injury to winger Smith Samua.
GIANT teenage sensation Israel Folau shied away from comparisons with Queensland rugby league great Mal Meninga when he stepped into his first Origin camp.
KARMICHAEL Hunt is set to be thrown the toughest challenge of his brief rugby league career as champion Darren Lockyer's Origin replacement.
KANGAROOS coach Ricky Stuart took the unusual action of telephoning Titans No.7 Scott Prince to personally explain why he was overlooked as a standby player.
SENIOR coach-in-waiting Ivan Henjak looked the part as he prepared Brisbane for Sunday's showdown with Manly without Wayne Bennett looking over his shoulder.
FORMER centre Michael De Vere will join Brisbane's coaching ranks next season, adding to incoming coach Ivan Henjak's already impressive support staff.
BRISBANE forward Sam Thaiday has cautioned his club coach Wayne Bennett against attempting the Haka.
BRISBANE will delay Darren Lockyer's exploratory knee surgery until his specialist Dr Peter Meyers returns from overseas next week.