While Rabbitohs Members and supporters everywhere eagerly wait to see Greg Inglis turn out for the Maroons this Wednesday in Origin I, for Rabbitohs physiotherapist Eddie Farah – brother of Blues skipper Robbie - he will be cheering on New South Wales.
“As a New South Welshman, I’m right behind the Blues. That’s the beauty of it. It’s mate against mate,” said Farah when asked if part of him will be cheering on Inglis despite the colour of his jersey.
“For any Rabbitohs boys involved, I just hope they get through injury-free and they’re available for selection for our next game.”
“For the Blues now, there’s an Origin Series to defend so I’ll be cheering on New South Wales on Wednesday night.”
There’s no shortage of support for both sides of the state line in Rabbitohs camp, with passionate statesmen such as High Performance Manager Troy Thomson currently in Queensland camp as part of Mal Meninga’s staff, while Rabbitohs Coaching staff Member and Blues legend Matt King heads up a fired up Blues contingent with Farah on the other side of the divide.
Their proximity at Redfern makes for plenty of good banter during Origin time according to Farah.
“We all gang up on Thommo,” smiles Farah.
“He’s an easy target, so Kingy and I start the sledging early every year – a few texts here and there, a bit of niggle. It’s a bit of fun.
“His comebacks always involve an ‘eight in a row’ jibe, but as far as us Blues are all concerned, you’re only as good as your last Series and I’m pretty sure we won it last year.”
State of Origin time is always an occasion in the Farah family, with Eddie charged with organising tickets for a large contingent of family and friends each year to go and support the Blues both in Sydney and interstate.
“We love our Origin footy in my family,” said Farah, whose brother will lead out New South Wales in this year’s Series.
“Ever since Robbie made his Origin debut, we always get a massive group of family and friends going each year to support him and the Blues at all three games and I’m the one who gets to organise it.
“The first year obviously was a pretty special occasion – we actually had 47 people as part of our group taking up a couple of rows at the Stadium.
“It’ll be no different this year. We’re looking forward to the Blues going back-to-back.”