The most anticipated event in the rugby verse, State of Origin, has been known as highly competitive which comes with less mercy.
There are some players from Queensland and NSW who have most on the line in the 2020 State of Origin series.
Daly Cherry Evans, the Skipper from Queensland, will be 32 by the time 202. If the Maroons lose the series, this can be a cue to seek the playmaker. He had such a declining Origin career from the first six games he joined from 2013 to 2015.
Cherry Evans was recalled in the dead rubber by 2018. The straight series of losses can be hard for him to reclaim the leadership position by next year.
Jake Friend is a debutant here. But he is not a usual rookie whom we always see on the court. If Queensland does not make it into Game I, Friend could have difficulty in proceeding with his career. A friend has won three grand finals. Friends will struggle to reserve their spot in the big series.
Ben Hunt is the next name on the list. He is one of the best players in the 2019 series of State of Origin. Hunt put a lot of effort into the Dragons in 2020. but he has been struggling with the exact position that he needs. He was swapped around through hooker, halfback, bench, as well as five-eight. If he does not reserve his exact club position, it will be challenging for the future in his career.
Harry Grant, on the other side, is looking to be the long-term no.9. Meanwhile, Reed Mahoney and Jake Friend will compete to reserve the hooker spot in the upcoming expected competitions.
Kalyn Ponga can have a lot of pressure in the State of Origin. The reason was obvious. He failed to take the game back in the 2018 Dally M Medal. Experts have seen his inconsistency for the 2020 Newcastle. The challenge is more prevalent since he is struggling with the shoulder injury.
Luke Keary had won three premierships. He is going to tweak his CV in the State of Origin. However, the challenges are there. Keary will need to get into the big series to prove himself as worthy as No. 6. of course, the pressure is on.
Then there is Daniel Tupou who has been playing for the Blues for five years. It is undeniable that Tupou has such great aerial skills which he can use to help him manage in the Series opener.
I guess we just need to wait for the moment of truth later in the 2020 State of Origin.