Brisbane captain Sam Thaiday and North Queensland forward Glenn Hall will be on big highs as new dads when they clash in Friday night's NRL derby at Suncorp Stadium.
Thaiday's wife Rachel gave birth to their first child, a yet-to-named girl, in Brisbane on Wednesday while Hall's wife Kylie had a baby boy they named Hendrix in Townsville on the same day.
Hall will be hoping Hendrix's birth is an omen.
Two years ago in the same week North Queensland played the Broncos, Hall's wife gave birth and the Cowboys won that match.
Centre Brent Tate, who'll celebrate his 200th game when he plays for the Cowboys against his former club, joked that Thaiday may be lacking sleep on game night.
"Hopefully Sammy's been up all night with a screaming baby and I hope it's the same tonight," said Tate.
Thaiday was determined to maintain his focus and said he'd talk to the media about becoming a first-time father after Friday night's blockbuster against the Cowboys, who've won the past three clashes between the two sides.
Hall didn't travel to Brisbane with coach Neil Henry's squad but was expected to join the team for a late training session on Thursday afternoon.
Dallas Johnson (concussion) also failed to make the trip to Brisbane but try-scoring winger Ash Graham was a late inclusion in the squad.