Queensland winger Darius Boyd is confident he can strike up an understanding with Will Chambers to match his prolific partnership with Greg Inglis.
Playing outside Inglis for almost all of his 22-game State of Origin career, Boyd has run in 15 tries.
In that time Inglis has scored 11 of his Queensland record 16 Origin tries.
The duo will be separated for next week’s series decider in Brisbane, with Inglis to replace the injured Billy Slater at fullback with Chambers coming across from the right wing to left centre.
Boyd says the switch doesn’t concern him and he’s confident it’ll bring out the best in Chambers, who plays centre for Melbourne in the NRL – albeit on the right-hand side.
“I’ve known Will for a long time now, known him since he came through the Queensland Cup (with Norths Devils) so we’ve been pretty good mates for a little while now,” Boyd said.
“I don’t think it will take too long to get a bit of a connection going.
“He’s obviously shown in his first two Origin games how much he has developed and how good a player he is and he deserves his spot here.”
Inglis and Chambers aren’t the only players affected by Slater’s injury, with Dane Gagai poised to make his Origin debut on the right wing.
Despite the high stakes of the match, Boyd says Gagai’s time already spent around the Origin squad will prepare him well for the challenge that lies ahead.
“Gags has been here the whole series so far,” Boyd said.
“Everyone knows their job and it’s just a matter of fine-tuning things before the game.
“He’ll be nervous before kick-off and on game day but once you get out there and get your first touch you get into the flow of the game.”