Is the Emerging Queensland camp there to identify young talent that can represent Queensland? Or is the real purpose to identify talented youngsters who can't?
That is the first question that occurred to Discord when Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster became the latest players unable to resist the bright lights of BrisVegas.
Like Dane Gagai, they will be banned from selection for 12 months (we're happy to keep you in the Samoan side, Valentine). Others in the past have found curfews impossible to observe.
But it almost seems like an alcoholic ambush for youngsters facing a long, Spartan winter with their NRL clubs.
An all-expenses paid trip to Brisbane, a management-sanctioned night out, and then a declaration that it is time to go home.
Origin is known among players to be a lot of fun, particularly at the start of what is now a 10-day preparation. Sure, it is not as wild as it used to be but the social aspect would be as prominent in the minds of rookies as the on-field legacy.
A camp with no game at the end – beauty!
If the Emerging Queensland camp was all about football, you would be holding it at Longreach. Having it in Brisbane, giving kids a taste of alcohol and nightlife, means it is just as much about discipline.
I suspect the Queensland hierarchy would be quietly disappointed if they didn't catch an errant kid or two out each year.
Benny right for England
Wayne Bennett's appointment as England coach is the best thing to happen to rugby league since the new NRL TV deal, if not longer.
Britain is the game's most important market. A population of 64 million and a long history with the sport provide a combination no one else can match.
But Bennett's appointment barely raised the collective eyebrows of the nation. Rugby league has become a regional sport in Britain, ignored by the vast majority of even sports fans.
Sport England severely cut the sport's funding the last time it was reassessed, resulting in dozens of redundancies and the end of massive development strides in the south.
Winning a World Cup for England would be the No.1 achievement of Bennett's career because it would lift the fortunes of the entire sport in a place where the capacity for progress is enormous.
You might think Wayne would need to get his head around being a small fish in order to help achieve that.
He already has his head around it. I've noticed over the years he is far more accessible, gentle and forgiving to the British media than we ever see at home.