Radio Australia: New South Wales will begin its quest to end a six year losing streak against Queensland when the teams battle it out for game one honours in the State of Origin rugby league clash on neutral territory in Melbourne.
The Blues will be out to derail the Maroon's run of origin success having not won a series since 2005.
New South Wales hooker Robbie Farah says when play begins in game, the past will cease to matter.
"We can be a part of history or we can make history," he said.
"This team wants to make history by breaking this drought."
Both teams have had disrupted preparations.
Blues skipper Paul Gallen declared his fitness earlier this week after struggling with a knee injury, while several Maroons players including Captain Cameron Smith have battled the flu, but are all expected to play.
Queensland Assistant coach Alfie Langer says with players like Todd Carney and Jarryd Hayne to watch out for, the Maroons defence will need to be water tight.
"They will throw the ball around a bit they will try and run our big fellas around in the origin you got to get your defence right and your attack will come," he said.
The star studded Queensland side remains the clear favourite to take an early lead in the three game series.
State of Origin is an annual best-of-three series between the Maroons from Queensland and the Blues from New South Wales.
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