QRL: Origin update - Smith

Queensland skipper Cameron Smith caught up with QRL TV on Wednesday to talk State of Origin after some sharp sessions in camp this week.

“It’s been really good so far, it has obviously been quite busy with all of the formalities, sponsors and the big team announcement on Monday” Smith said.

With the series between Queensland and New South Wales shaping up to be another close one, Smith and his Origin teammates have begun preparations for the first match next Wednesday night.

“The coach and a few of the boys stood up and spoke about what’s needed this week with our preparation and what we are looking to face on Wednesday night,” Smith said.

“The boys are in a good frame of mind at the moment and excited to be in camp and getting down to the serious stuff now.”

Smith was questioned on recent talks within the media about some of the older bodies amongst the Maroons camp.

“Yeah it’s a bit of managing the old bodies around here and obviously myself, Hodgo (Justin Hodges) and Billy (Slater) have sort of been a little bit light on the side of training wise, which has been good but now everyone is back in full training and we need to be I think.

“The boys were really good today. Mal asked them to have a great attitude towards our training and now they’re a bit weary but we have had some really sharp sessions.”

Game 1 of State of Origin kicks off next Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium between Queensland and New South Wales.

This video is courtesy of QRL TV. For more news and information on the Queensland Maroons' 2014 State of Origin campaign, click here.