We just dug this photo out of the Fairfax archives: Mal Meninga and Wally Lewis ahead of the very first State of Origin game in 1980

We just dug this photo out of the Fairfax archives: Mal Meninga and Wally Lewis ahead of the very first State of Origin game in 1980

Petro and the State of Origin Shield  http://ozsportsreviews.com/2012/07/queensland-win-decider-to-take-seventh-state-of-origin/

Petro and the State of Origin Shield http://ozsportsreviews.com/2012/07/queensland-win-decider-to-take-seventh-state-of-origin/

The late, great Artie Beetson (played in the first State of Origin game in 1980)

The late, great Artie Beetson (played in the first State of Origin game in 1980)

Queensland State of Origin Team - 7 series wins in a row....let's make it 8 this year! QUEENSLANDER!!!!

Queensland State of Origin Team - 7 series wins in a row....let's make it 8 this year! QUEENSLANDER!!!!

The Maroons lineup and sing the national anthem before game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

NSW v QLD

The Maroons lineup and sing the national anthem before game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Rugby League (State of Origin game - Mal Meninga has the ball)

Rugby League (State of Origin game - Mal Meninga has the ball)

State of origin

State of origin

Cooper Cronk of the Maroons looks to pass the ball during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. http://footyboys.com

State of Origin II: QLD v NSW

Cooper Cronk of the Maroons looks to pass the ball during game two of the ARL State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 26, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. http://footyboys.com

Darius Boyd of the Maroons takes a high ball during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

NSW v QLD

Darius Boyd of the Maroons takes a high ball during game one of the ARL State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

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