Ahead of kickoff tonight, check out Rick Edgerton's preview of the second #Origin clash.
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North Queensland skipper Johnathan Thurston is in danger of missing Saturday night's preliminary final against Manly after being charged with a grade one dangerous throw.
Thurston was penalised for a lifting tackle in just the fifth minute of the Cowboys 49-12 semi-final win over New Zealand Warriors yesterday.
For the Bulldogs, backrower Sonny Bill Williams will have scans on a suspected fractured forearm today which could rule him out of New Zealand's end of season Test matches.
Williams was forced form the field after just 15 minutes of the Bulldogs 25-6 semi-final loss to Parramatta on Saturday night, the defeat ending the Bulldogs 2007 season.
The Kiwi superstar made an ill-fated return in the second half before eventually succumbing to the injury. If a break is confirmed, Williams would be in serious doubt for the October 14 Test against Australia in Wellington and the ensuing tour of the northern hemisphere.
Still on the Kiwis, and Warriors hooker Nathan Fien, who was the centre of the "grannygate" row a year ago, has been added to the New Zealand train-on squad.
The former Queensland State of Origin hooker was ruled ineligible to play for the Kiwis during last year's Tri-Nations series after already having appeared in two Tests for New Zealand. The ruling came after it was revealed that his great-grandmother, and not his grandmother as required, was New Zealand-born.
But the 28-year-old will be eligible to turn out for the Kiwis' next Test - against Australia in Wellington on October 14 - because he has lived in Auckland for the past three years.