BRISBANE- The age old debate that Queensland are too long in the tooth to extend their dynasty will only fire up their veterans, ex-Maroons flyer Willie Carne says.
And Carne believes NSW will feel the backlash most via the men most likely to cop the brunt of criticism - Justin Hodges and Brent Tate.
Hodges, who will turn 32 on Sunday was picked for next week's State of Origin opener in Brisbane armed with just a handful of NRL games after an eight-month recovery from achilles surgery.
He will be nursed through the camp to be primed for his 19th Origin on Wednesday night.
And Tate already 32 only declared his Origin availability in late April after surprisingly being named 18th man for the trans-Tasman Test.
Age has not wearied the pair but critics might see things differently as they prepare to line up against Sydney Roosters duo Michael Jennings and Daniel Tupou.