The teams may not be named until Monday, but there's already tension brewing ahead of Origin I on May 31.
Andrew Fifita has today said that this is now NSW's time to shine, warning QLD that this year will prove more of a challenge.
"They're a quality team," Fifita said, reports smh.com.au.
"I'll never speak bad [of Queensland] as they've always got depth and there's a lot of belief in their team.
"[But] I think as a New South Welshman this is our year and an opportunity to take it with both hands. It's going to come down to who wants it more. In saying that there's belief and it's up to Loz to pick the right team to do the job."