What caused Corey Oates' mum to almost have a 'heart attack'?
"HAVE a good game and enjoy every minute of it."
That will be the advice Warren and Janette Oates will offer their son Corey as he prepares for one of the biggest rugby league games of his life.
The Central Queensland sensation will make his debut for Queensland in the State of Origin opener at Sydney's ANZ Stadium tonight in front of a heaving 80,000-strong crowd.
The powerhouse 106kg winger hails from the small CQ town of Baralaba and played his formative years with St Brendan's, Yeppoon.
His Queensland selection comes on the back of standout performances with the Brisbane Broncos, with his try-scoring prowess impossible for selectors to ignore.
Corey's parents, who have made their way to Sydney aboard the State of Origin cruise, can't wait to witness the monumental event.
Warren said he was feeling surprisingly relaxed when he spoke to The Morning Bulletin yesterday.
"I'm feeling pretty good at the moment. I probably won't feel nervous for him until just before the game.
"Tomorrow I'm sure it will hit home a bit more just what we're here for."
Janette admitted she was already feeling nervous but incredibly excited.
"I still can't believe it," she said of Corey's meteoric rise into the Origin ranks.
"I always knew he'd get there, it was just a question of when. He deserves every minute of it."
On the prospect of Corey being Queensland's first try scorer, Janette said: "It would be unbelievable.
"When he scored in the grand final I just about had a heart attack so if it was to happen in Origin it would just be amazing."
Warren and Janette plan to catch up with Corey at his hotel in Sydney some time today, and they would be urging their son to make the most of this incredible opportunity.
They will head to the stadium early, sporting their special Origin jerseys emblazoned with the name Oates and number two on the back.
Janette said the support from the Central Queensland community had been overwhelming.
"Everyone's been texting, ringing and leaving messages on Facebook," she said. "It's been absolutely fantastic."
Warren would not be drawn on the score but emphatically predicted a Queensland win.