Maroons not moved by NSW critics
TOO fat. Too old. Too complacent. These are a few of the shots fired across the bow of Queensland as the team begins its campaign for an eighth straight State of Origin series win tonight.
But some of the Sunshine Coast's former Maroons have poured cold water on NSW's attempts to stoke the flames of interstate rivalry.
Chris Flannery and Adam Mogg say everyone north of the Tweed River can be assured Mal Meninga's men will take to ANZ Stadium tonight with fire in their bellies and cold-blooded intent.
The pair helped lay the foundation stones of Queensland's seven-year dynasty when they were a part of the 2006 Queensland series win.
When the Blues last won a series, Facebook and Twitter were not yet online and John Howard was still prime minister, yet memories of NSW domination are still fresh in Flannery's mind.
The Roosters premiership winner said he remembered staring down the barrel of four straight series losses in 2006.
He said Meninga was big on drawing from Origin history and would have his players champing at the bit to deliver eight in a row.
"I was out at Queensland training on Sunday and talking to a few of the boys and they're as hungry as ever," Flannery said. "It's going to be a good series. It's going to be very tight. But whenever you pull on that maroon jersey, no matter how many series you've won, it's a pretty special feeling."