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Quality in spades, but do NSW players have the mindset?

Poised for greatness? NSW players prepare for their team photo in Coffs Harbour.

There is no doubting that the 17 players announced this week to represent New South Wales in game one of the State of Origin series are all wonderful footballers in their own right. It now remains to be seen whether they can come together as a team to challenge the might of the Queensland Maroons.

Tamou puts infected butt cheek behind him

Pain away: James Tamou in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.

James Tamou was in a Townsville hospital bed when Laurie Daley announced his NSW team for game one on Monday, suffering from more pain with an infected butt cheek than he did when a bulging disc in his neck threatened his career.

Klemmer reignites Origin feud with Parker

Gentle giant: Blues prop David Klemmer believes respect is a two-way street on the rugby league field.

NSW forward David Klemmer has reignited his war of words with Queensland veteran Corey Parker, declaring he wasn't afforded the same respect his counterpart demanded during a heated exchange in last year's Origin series.