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Jamie Lyon, Matt Cooper and Steve Simpson have all sat out the NSW first training session at Aussie Stadium but are not in doubt for next week's third game in Brisbane.
All three are resting after playing NRL games at the weekend and should resume full training with the rest of the Blue's Origin squad later this week. NSW prop Brent Kite says he is determined to make amends for two quiet Origin clashes this series and believes the Blues have plenty to play for despite the series already being won by Queensland.
NSW winger Matt King says he will use his week in camp with the Blues to make a decision on his rugby league future. King is weighing up offers from Melbourne and two English Super League clubs, believed to be Wigan and Bradford.
The 26-year-old was recently given a two week extension to make a call and hopes to reveal his choice in the days before or just after the Storm's clash with South Sydney on Saturday week.
King describes the decision as the biggest of his life, and knows that if he does head to the UK that Wednesday night's clash against Queensland will be his State of Origin farewell.
Queensland's State of Origin stars could be nursing some sore heads this morning after finally getting together last night to celebrate their series clinching win.
Both the Maroons and NSW gathered for their respective camps yesterday, with celebratory drinks one of the first things on Queensland coach Mal Meninga's agenda. The Maroons will continue to monitor backrower Jacob Lillyman's fractured eye socket with Broncos forward Dane Carlaw placed on standby.
The Blues have no injury concerns but are under extreme pressure to come up with a face-saving win at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. After scoring only one try in their last 120 minutes of Origin football, Blues halfback Brett Kimmorley says New South Wales might have to adopt some razzle dazzle and not be so predictable in attack.
Kimmorley believes the Blues need to score at least three or four tries to win the dead rubber.
Elsewhere, Bulldogs and NSW prop Willie Mason says he understands Craig Gower's reasons for fleeing the NRL spotlight for the south of France because he considered doing the same.
The Penrith board yesterday rubber stamped Gower's release to join French rugby union side Bayonne once his commitments with the Panthers are completed this year. Mason believes the media scrutiny which followed Gower's every move prompted the Panthers playmaker to quit the NRL.
Mason says he seriously considered playing in the English Super League in 2004 after being at the centre of several off-field incidents. But the outspoken forward says he remained in Australia because he believed he had plenty left to achieve in the game at the time.