CASINO product Matt King knows all about the hostile environment Blues players will face at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight.
King was part of the last NSW rugby league team to win a State of Origin series in 2005. The last time he played in the sky blue jersey was in game three 2007, which was the start of Queensland's eight-year winning streak.
"It's not ideal to play two games in Brisbane, but that is what we're up against," King said.
"When we last won the series, we won both games at Suncorp, so it can be done.
"It's been a while, but if they have the belief, they'll go a long way towards winning it."
Another Casino junior Ben Kennedy was part of the last winning NSW team.
King played a total of nine games for NSW, winning his first and only series in 2005.
He probably would have played more games for NSW, but he signed a four-year contract which saw him play with Warrington in the English Super League from 2008 until 2011.
"I don't know how many more games I would have played," King said.
"I would have loved to have been involved for longer, but I pretty well gave up that right by moving to England."
King played alongside some of the Blues' best, with Andrew Johns the catalyst for the 2005 series win.
He also played NRL for Melbourne with the spine of the current Queensland team in Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater.
"The thing that NSW have in their favour this year is that Jarryd Hayne is probably the form representative player," King said. "He always seems to grow an extra leg at this level.
"I'd love to see Tony Williams have a big game off the bench too. He could really make a difference. Fingers crossed we can do it."
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