The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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THEY were once fierce rivals on the field, both little generals directing their huge forward packs around the ground in the glory years of the 70s. They both played for one of the world's greatest rugby league clubs and against some of the games best, yet had never spoken a word to each other. It was fitting that they should shake hands for the first time at the Redcliffe Leagues Club at the official Dolphins season launch. It wasn't until Des Webb announced that Paynter Dixon was to be the new short sponsor of the Dolphins and introduced Mark Shulman as their business development manager that long-time Dolphins junior official Brian Winney finally realised he was in the presence of an old sparring partner. Mark said he was surprised to see Brian at the launch after so many years. "Halfbacks are often serious students of the game, so it is great to see Brian getting involved not only with the Redcliffe juniors but also as a representative on the QRL coaching panel," he said. "Paynter Dixon is very excited to be a major sponsor of the Dolphins. We believe we can help the club grow with our experience and expertise in project management." Brian was equally surprised about the Paynter Dixon connection. "It was funny to see Mark again. We both played for St George, we nearly played against each other in 1971 when I moved to Wests and a few years later, Mark bought my house when I moved to Queensland," Brian said. "Over the past 20 years I have seen the Dolphins grow and become one of the most successful and recognisable clubs in Queensland. Speaking to Mark at the launch made me realise there is bigger and better things to come and I can tell you there is no one better than Mark or Paynter Dixon to have on board." With these two great characters of the game supporting the club, it is no wonder the Dolphins can expect great things in season 2006. Paynter Dixon, the official short sponsor of the Dolphins, brings with them the experience of an award-winning long-term Australian identity which has expertise in building and redevelopment in the club, hotel, commercial and industrial industries.