They're ready to tear defences apart together for the next three years but NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley believes Josh Hodgson and Blake Austin need to keep evolving now their cover is blown.
English hooker Hodgson has re-signed for the next two years meaning Canberra's entire spine - Hodgson, five-eighth Austin, halfback recruit Aidan Sezer and fullback Jack Wighton - are all locked in until 2018.
Used as a utility by Wests Tigers, Austin thrived on being entrusted with the No.6 jersey full-time in his debut Raiders season and was rewarded with the Dally M five-eighth of the year award.
Hodgson was a virtual unknown at Hull KR before his craftiness and guile helped transform the Raiders into one of the NRL's best attacking sides last year.
Both men should only get better and NSW Origin coach Daley believes they'll need to now rivals are aware of the damage they can cause.
"You need to keep evolving as a player. Blake's strength is his running game so he needs to make sure he continues to work hard on that, and maybe add other things to his game, " Daley said.
"Certainly when he runs the ball he's very dynamic and that's what you want to see, he's a running five-eighth.
"I thought he started the year strongly and then he started to fade, you want to see him be consistent for the whole year.
"That was Hodgson's first year and teams would be spending a bit more time on him this year.
"That's the challenge, as it always is, to be able to back up their strong performance of the previous year."
Austin agrees with Daley he needs to add other strings to his bow than just his running game, which netted him a club-best 14 tries.
He was licking his lips watching Canberra's new right side combination Elliott Whitehead and Joey Leilua destroy Newcastle in Saturday's trial at Orange.
"For myself it's about sticking to what I'm good at, which is obviously my running game, and slowly start to add more things in," Austin said.
"The game's going to be a bit quicker this year so hopefully that's going to play into my hands.
"You saw the trial on the weekend, Elliott and Joey went really well and I have to make sure I'm using them to their full potential as well.
"Elliott had a lot more tough stuff in his game than I've seen previously, and Joey's in good nick and moving well.
"It's quite exciting and it's going to be a formidable right edge."
Austin missed the trial as he recovers from shoulder surgery but is supremely confident he'll be fit to play Penrith on March 5.
"I've ramped up the contact in the last week and a half and I felt like I probably could nearly have had a run last week, but to give it two more weeks will be really good," Austin said.
"We've been training at game intensity and I've been working hard on my fitness, it [no match practice] won't be an issue."
Austin was picked for Daley's Emerging Origin Squad this year and told those selected they need to be consistently outstanding to press the incumbents.
"The guys underneath need to be putting pressure on, otherwise they won't get an opportunity. And they know that," Daley said.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was ecstatic about retaining Hodgson, who along with Austin was arguably the shrewdest buy of last year's NRL season.
"It just keeps creating the stability we want in the club," Stuart said.
"Josh is a wonderful player and his input to the team off the field is great, he's a real leader among the boys.
"His transition to the NRL has been wonderful and it goes to show you the capability he's got.
"He's a good person, just a good bloke and there's nothing better being a player everyone wants to play with."