Johnathan Thurston has his heart set on Origin I, but has pledged not to let his personal ambition override the team as he races the clock with his injured shoulder.
Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk say Pearce will have learned valuable lessons from his demoralising series in 2015, when his attempt at mentally rattling Johnathan Thurston backfired badly.
The Maroons captain says Thurston would be given until game time to play in the series opener and could be picked without a single training session to his name.
Missing superstars are heralding the end of a wonderful era for Queensland.
The Maroons are expecting a roughhouse reception for rookie playmaker Anthony Milford but are confident he can make them pay on the scoreboard as he prepares for his Origin debut.
Kevin Walters held back tears while Gene Miles still rates Slater as the greatest fullback he's seen. But when it came to deciding on Billy Slater and Darius Boyd for Queensland fullback, the vote was unanimous.
Brisbane's Anthony Milford will make his State of Origin debut with Maroons superstar Jonathan Thurston next to no chance of playing in the series opener next Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium.
It shapes to be a long second half of the season for Ivan Cleary as Wests Tigers lost 36-0 to the Broncos, James Tedesco endured a forgettable evening and Josh Aloiai suffered a gruesome leg injury.
Sport pays scant regard to the Christian calendar so it's no surprise Will Hopoate's spiritual stance came to an end sooner rather than later.
Brisbane have admitted they got it wrong on social media after their attempt to explain David Mead's "tackle in the air" backfired.