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NRL: During State of Origin time men become legends

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Queensland and New South Wales players will back up after an epic origin
Queensland and New South Wales players will back up after an epic origin .

To play the most important games of the year and of your career during the week and back up on the weekend takes guts.

These days origin players don't play before the big mate versus mate match-up, but the majority of them still back up just days later.

Let's just imagine that for a minute. Forwards like Nate Myles and James Tamou flogged themselves Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium for Queensland and New South Wales respectively

Every ounce of energy was used up, every bit of effort was spent on the game. They won't have been able to walk properly on Thursday, but come Friday some of them will be at it again.

It's the most bravest and toughest sport there is. None of them will be set for life after they've finished.

Unlike soccer players, they'll need more income, but they put their body and life on the line on a match by match basis for the love of the game.

Yet again, the 2014 State of Origin Game 1 clash was a classic like every other meeting.

This time of the year certain player come to the fore. The likes of Cameron Smith, Jonathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and Myles have been making themselves into legends the last several years for Queensland.

It's now time for Jarryd Hayne, Greg Bird, Paul Gallen and Tamou to become legends for New South Wales as they look to win the state their first series in nine years.

They'll also back up this weekend after arguably the best collective performance of their career in the 12-8 victory over the Maroons, further enhancing their reputations.

Sport is an entertainment business. But it's one thing to excite fans, to become true legends you have to leave fans in awe, just like these men are doing right now.

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