Had he not been chosen for NSW last year, Trent Hodkinson would probably be an England international by now.
Aaron Woods has spent the bulk of the NSW camp trying to ensure debutant David Klemmer does not make the same mistakes he did heading into his first Origin game.
The Bulldogs, last year's grand finalists, are a proud club and after losing five of their past six games were always going to start the game full of intensity.
Trent Hodkinson knows his Origin future is on the line come Wednesday night.
Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has virtually accused Canterbury of playing smoke and mirrors over the fitness of James Graham, adamant he will play at Canberra Stadium on Sunday despite being ruled out by the Bulldogs.
Tyrone Phillips is about to get a chance to make headlines for the right reasons.
Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker insists Canterbury had no option but to sideline James Graham after his serious concussion, admitting it was "scary" watching teammate Joel Edwards being stretchered off after a head knock last year.
Already missing the likes of Jackson, Klemmer, Morris and Hodkinson through Origin selection, the Bulldogs will also be without Graham and Stanley against the Raiders.
NSW coach Laurie Daley signals a changing of the guard with new-look Blues squad.
James Graham is not everyone's favourite player, but on the open market coaches would go to any length to sign him.
Pearce looks certain to return to the NSW side after missing last year's series following an off-field misdemeanour, however there is a late push from his Roosters teammate to dethrone Trent Hodkinson as his halves partner for game one.
Will Laurie Daley show loyalty and stick with Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson or did the loss to the Sydney Roosters end their chances?
The Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters have a fierce rivalry stretching back many decades. Tonight they'll add another chapter.
The availability of NSW captain Paul Gallen means there is unlikely to be room for both Boyd Cordner and Josh Jackson
The Canterbury Bulldogs have been cleared of punishment for the behaviour of a minority of their fans during the spiteful Good Friday clash against South Sydney.
Laurie Daley is all but set on the NSW Blues No.6 but will still keep a close eye on Friday's clash between Mitchell Pearce and Josh Reynolds.
Curtis Rona holds no grudges against the Roosters despite being dumped by the club.