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NSW Blues skipper welcomes the Origin hate in Brisbane

NSW Blues skipper Boyd Cordner is embracing the State of Origin hate after touching down in enemy territory.

The Blues are finalising their preparations for game one as they prepare to upset Queensland on home soil in their pursuit of retaining the State of Origin shield.

They were welcomed by a handful of supporters at Brisbane Airport on Monday but are preparing for an onslaught of animosity from 50,000 rabid Queenslanders on Wednesday.

Brad Fittler's side will have their captain's run at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, which coincides with the Queensland Former Origin Greats annual charity lunch at the venue.

Back in 2016 the FOGS organisation beamed a highlights package of Maroons tries onto the Suncorp Stadium big screen as the Blues held their final training run in an attempt to unsettle their rivals.

In 2017 then-Blues coach Laurie Daley moved his captain's run to the Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium as a response.

Asked about the potential for the Queenslanders to attempt to put the Blues off their game, Cordner welcomed it as part of the fabric of the interstate grudge match.

"Cool. It's all fun and games. It's all a part of it," he said as he was interrupted by a woman waving a Queensland flag.

"They can play what they want. It's not going to change the way we train or turn up on Wednesday night.

"It's a part of coming up here and playing in Queensland, you deal with that stuff. If you can't deal with that stuff the day before, you're not going to handle 50,000-plus fans booing you."

The Blues will base themselves in the Brisbane CBD and Cordner said they wouldn't be afraid to walk down the nearby Queen St Mall, adding being heckled came with the jersey.

"You go down and get a feed, go to the shops, nothing much changes. It's not too bad, you get the odd couple that sing out Queenslander. But it's not enough to stay inside," he said.

Josh Papalii of Queensland is tackled by Boyd Cordner of NSW during the State of Origin rugby league match game 3 decider, Queensland v New South Wales, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 12 July 2017. Copyright Image: Tertius Pickard / www.photosport.nz
Josh Papalii of Queensland is tackled by Boyd Cordner of NSW Blues during Game III of the State of Origin match in 2017 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Source: Photosport


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