Blues skipper sorry for failing to continue Paul Gallen's State of Origin legacy of a pre-game verbal attack against Queensland.
Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald
It's taken Mal Meninga just 18 months to repair the state-rift in the Australian camp – Origin has lost its fire.
NSW are bracing for a potential collision course with Schapelle Corby and the media circus when they check into the Sofitel in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Andrew Fifita is a complex human being, but there's one thing about the NSW enforcer that can't be denied: his connection to where he came from and those who helped him get out of there.
Nathan Peats has long been Mr Expendable. He left South Sydney because he couldn't find an opening with Issac Luke at the club, and was the only high profile player squeezed out of Parramatta because of the club's salary cap problems.
"I hope she's proud of me". That's the text message Boyd Cordner sent to the woman he describes as his "Sydney mum" after finding out he was captain of the NSW Blues earlier this week.
NSW could unleash Tyson Frizell on Queensland debutant Anthony Milford as they look set to shake-up their forward pack ahead of the opening game of the series.
All Josh Dugan wanted was a bit of respect. The manner in which St George Illawarra handled its contract negotiations left a sour taste in the mouth of the NSW Origin representative.
NSW debutant Nathan Peats and skipper Boyd Cordner were among an emotional bunch of Blues players to shed tears at a heartfelt team gathering in Kingscliff on Tuesday night.
NSW five-eighth James Maloney has taken aim at the NRL, venting his frustrations over a perception the governing body is trying to portray the players as money hungry.