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Queensland Maroons star Greg Inglis had a debut to remember in 2006.

Queensland Maroons icon Greg Inglis has come out on top in a fan vote to decide which of our Top 10 State of Origin debuts is No.1.

The competition was stiff but Inglis was a clear winner, thanks to his two-try demolition job in 2006, ahead of the OG Arthur Beetson and modern-day stars Cameron Munster and Damien Cook. Check out the full results below.

From night one in 1980 when Big Artie defied Father Time and Tommy Raudonikis's Blues to make a memorable Origin debut, through to NSW sharpshooter Michael O'Connor and Maroons larrikin Allan Langer, Origin is littered with slashing debut performances.

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Top 10 - Origin debuts

(in chronological order)

Arthur Beetson, Game 1, 1980

At the ripe old age of 35 and plucked from reserve grade, Artie Beetson set the standard by which all Origin debuts would be measured.

With a starry-eyed bunch of kids fresh out of the BRL and a couple of old hardheads by his side, Artie launched himself into a Blues team he was convinced was arrogant and was equally convinced could be rolled.

The Origin catchcry of 'mate vs mate' was born when he landed a punch on Eels teammate Mick Cronin and no-one in a blue jersey was safe as Beetson set about righting the wrongs of seven decades of interstate floggings. 

Michael O'Connor, Game 1, 1985

NSW star Michael O'Connor on Origin debut.
NSW star Michael O'Connor on Origin debut. ©NRL Photos

As a young bloke, Michael O'Connor had toured alongside Wally Lewis in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby team. When 'Snoz' and 'The King' renewed acquaintances eight years later in Origin, it was O'Connor who took bragging rights with an 18-point haul on debut courtesy of two tries and five goals.

So dominant was 24-year-old O'Connor that you'll find no one else on the Blues score sheet. Yep, he did the lot, beating Queensland 18-2 on his own. It was the beginning of a prolific 19-game Origin career which would yield 129 points.

Allan Langer, Game 1, 1987

Too small, they said, for the rough and tumble world of Origin. 

If ever a bloke made the critics eat their words it was 'Alfie' Langer, whose partnership with Wally Lewis is one of the most enduring and successful in the 40-year history of Origin.

Allan Langer announced himself on the Origin scene in 1987.
Allan Langer announced himself on the Origin scene in 1987.

From the outset it was clear the little bloke from Ipswich had all the skills and all the toughness required to carve out a great Origin career. And he did. 34 games for the Maroons and a key figure in five series victories before heading to England and then a memorable comeback in 2001 when Wayne Bennett sent out an SOS.

And it all started as a 20-year-old at Lang Park in 1987 in a game famous for its pulsating finish when Mark McGaw stole victory for NSW with a controversial late try.

Les Davidson, Game 1, 1987

As hard as nails and perfectly suited to Origin, Davidson charged out of the blocks in the series opener in '87, tackling everything that moved and delivering plenty of offloads as well.

Les Davidson scores on Origin debut.
Les Davidson scores on Origin debut. ©NRL Photos

Alongside Davidson that night were hardmen Steve Folkes, Pat Jarvis, Noel Cleal and Royce Simmons, laying the foundation for a rare away win by the Blues.

Davidson would go on to play all four matches in the '87 series, including the promotional trip to California, but after one more appearance in 1988 his Origin career was over.

Brett Hodgson, Game 1, 2002

A changing of the guard for the Blues in '02 with Jamie Lyon, Luke Bailey, Steve Simpson, Timana Tahu, Jason Moodie, Danny Buderus, Braith Anasta and Hodgson all debuting in a stunning 32-4 win at Stadium Australia.

Brett Hodgson made a stunning Origin debut in 2002.
Brett Hodgson made a stunning Origin debut in 2002.

And it was the Eels No.1 stealing the show, running for a staggering 390 metres to set a mark which will probably never be eclipsed.

Line breaks, tackle breaks, try assists ... Hodgson did it all as the new-look Blues made the perfect start to the series.

Greg Inglis, Game 1, 2006

Nothing like two tries on debut to announce yourself!

Young giant Greg Inglis was 19 years of age and had just 22 NRL games under his belt when Mal Meninga threw him his first maroon jersey and his impact was immediate.

The best of Greg Inglis' glittering career

Inglis bagged a double as Queensland fought back from a 14-0 deficit to take the game to the wire at Telstra Stadium.

The Blues prevailed through a Brett Finch field goal in the dying minutes but it was clear that Inglis possessed the qualities to make an indelible mark on Origin.

Adam Mogg, Game 2, 2006

With Queensland staring down the barrel of a fourth successive series defeat, it appeared desperation had set in when they plucked 28-year-old Adam Mogg from the national capital to make his debut. The NSW media had a field day as the predictable 'Adam Who?' headlines were trotted out.

Had Big Mal lost his marbles?

This bloke was running around on the wing for Canberra and doing not much but like so many Maroons before and since, he grew 10 feet in that jersey and his heart beat with pride as he went out and scored two tries in a 30-6 win.

Mogg only played one more Origin but he'd done enough in one night to ensure no one would ever ask 'Adam Who?' again.

Surprise Origin success story Adam Mogg.
Surprise Origin success story Adam Mogg. ©NRL Photos

Jharal Yow Yeh,  Game 1, 2011

An all-too-brief cameo for this super talented Broncos winger, who played all three games in the 2011 series and also made his Test debut later that year.

Yow Yeh was just 21 when called into Mal Meninga's all conquering Maroons side and he looked at home immediately, scoring a try on debut in a 16-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

A powerfully built winger with a great leap, Yow Yeh seemed poised for a long and distinguished rep career but complications arising from a horror ankle injury forced him into retirement at 24.

Jharal Yow Yeh celebrates a try on debut.
Jharal Yow Yeh celebrates a try on debut.

Cameron Munster, Game 3, 2017

It seems an eternity since Cameron Munster made the fateful decision to break curfew during an Emerging Maroons camp in Brisbane. The fallout from that poor choice in February, 2016 was massive for the classy Storm playmaker, with new Maroons coach Kevin Walters taking a strong stand and banning Munster and seven others from Origin for a year.

When Munster finally got his chance in the 2017 decider he had gained a greater understanding of what a privilege it is to wear the Queensland jersey – and he wasn't about to let anyone down again.

Munster's debut was top drawer, laying on tries and laying waste to Blues defenders with his dazzling footwork as Queensland powered to a 22-6 win.

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Damien Cook, Game 1, 2018

Brad Fittler's new guard announced themselves in style with a 22-12 win at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and Bunnies hooker Cook was central to the success.

His speed out of dummy half created havoc in the Maroons defence and laid the platform for the likes of James Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell to run amok.

With so many tired bodies around the ruck as Origin intensity takes its toll, Cook has the smarts and the zip to break the game open and he looks set for a long and distinguished Blues career.

NSW hooker Damien Cook.
NSW hooker Damien Cook. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos