From Red and Green to Maroon Queensland Rabbitohs Ready to Impress

South Sydney Rabbitohs and Queensland State of Origin representative players Greg Inglis, Ben Teo and Chris McQueen will be ready to impress their Queensland fans when they step out for the Maroons in State of Origin I at the Rabbitohs home ground of ANZ Stadium tonight.


The Queenslanders are aiming to kick start their 2013 Origin campaign with a win in what is dubbed enemy territory at Sydneys ANZ Stadium, however for the three Rabbitohs players it is familiar turf upon which the Origin battle will take place.


ANZ Stadium has been the main home ground of the Rabbitohs since 2006, a period in which the Membership support for the Rabbitohs has swelled to over 26,000 Members and the side has a winning percentage of 80% over the past two seasons at the ground, in home, away and finals matches.


Tonights first Origin match of the three-game series will be the final game before the Rabbitohs take on the Gold Coast Titans at Cairns Barlow Park on Sunday 16 June in the 14th round of the 2013 Telstra premiership.


The Rabbitohs will go into the match on top of the premiership ladder at the half way mark of the season, having collected 22 competition points from ten wins, one bye and two losses over the first 13 rounds of the premiership.


Inglis, Teo and McQueen have been mainstays within the Rabbitohs line up, and are expected to turn out in red and green at Barlow Park on Sunday-week.


Inglis is one of the most celebrated Maroons of all time, currently leading the list of esteemed Queensland try scorers since Origin started in 1980 with 14 tries. Inglis will be one of the main attacking and defensive weapons upon which the Queenslanders will rely, having had the experience of excelling on a regular basis in big games like the one set to explode tonight.


Teo and McQueen, however, are much less experienced at this level than GI, with Teo playing his second Origin match and McQueen playing his first, compared to Inglis who will pull on his 19th Queensland Origin jersey.


Teo says he is surprised at how much support there is for the Maroons in Sydney.


It has (surprised me), Teo told QRL.com.au at the Maroons Fan Day held in wintery conditions in Sydney on Sunday.


I didnt know we had so much support down here but there are some familiar faces that Ive seen up in Queensland that have made the trip down.


We had a good opposed session versus the Sunny Coast Sea Eagles. They did a great job in helping us prepare and the teams looking good.


Ill probably just stay relaxed for the next two days, just make sure I get my preparation right, hydration and diet.


Ill try and relax and not play the game in my head too early.


For me its only my second game, so theres a lot of experience in this team, plenty of guys to talk to if I need to.


McQueen is excited about his first chance to represent his state of Queensland at any level.


Its very exciting. I was sitting in my room this morning before we came down here (to Sydney) and I started to get the butterflies in my belly thinking about the game, McQueen told QRL.com.au.


Im just trying to put it out of my head. Were back in Sydney now and I feel like Im back on my own home turf as I live in Sydney.


My two best mates are actually New South Welshman and growing up they used to give me a bit of a hard time because for a while they were sort of dominating, but the last seven years as whole has just been really good for Queensland, the Queensland supporters and obviously the players.


I saw a photo of Mal (Meninga) with all of the boys standing around and me with my jersey on and the McQueen on the back, so its definitely real now and I just cant wait to get out there on Wednesday night.


The three Maroon Rabbitohs wont be the only State of Origin representatives to take to the turf at Barlow Park in Cairns on Sunday 16 June, with Cairns local and Gold Coast Titans back rower Nate Myles joined by fellow Titans back rower and former Rabbitohs captain Ashley Harrison in the Queensland pack, and Greg Bird who will play for New South Wales in tonights blockbuster match.


A host of other representative players are set to take their place in either the Rabbitohs or Titans outfits on Sunday-week, including Sam Burgess (England, Great Britain, NRL All Stars), Issac Luke (New Zealand), Roy Asotasi (New Zealand, Samoa), Jeff Lima (New Zealand, Samoa), Bryson Goodwin (New Zealand), John Sutton (City Origin, Prime Ministerx XIII), Nathan Merritt (City Origin, Indigneous All Stars, Prime Ministers XIII), Adam Reynolds (City Origin, NRL All Stars), Nathan Peats (City Origin, Indigenous All Stars), Luke Bailey (Australia, New South Wales, Country Origin, NRL All Stars), Jamal Idris (Australia, New South Wales, Country Origin, Indigenous All Stars), David Taylor (Australia, Queensland, NRL All Stars, Prime Ministers XIII), Luke Douglas (Country Origin, Prime Ministers XIII), Ryan James (Indigenous All Stars), Mark Minichiello (City Origin), Kevin Gordon (Philippines) and Matt Srama (Philippines).


Tickets for the Rabbitohs vs Titans Rumble on the Reef NRL fixture, to be played at Barlow Park Cairns on Sunday 16 June at 2pm are available by visiting www.ticketscairns.com.au. Tickets start from just $30 for adults and $15 for children.