With only five days left before the first State of Origin clash in Brisbane both the Maroons and Blues took time out today, for some enjoyable and less taxing training.

Natalie Cameron reports.


A quick dip in the pool this morning for the Maroons followed by a bit of training with a difference.

Greg Inglis and Ben Teo joined in on a Zumba class at the InterContinental at Sanctuary Cove.

The boy’s showed off their moves to the cameras, undeterred by the gawking of their team mates.

They admit this sort of thing is a break with tradition.

Greg Inglis, Centre: “It’s a totally different approach, like I said before, the big fire wants us to freshen up and he’s been happy with the way we’ve been training though.”

But the squad isn’t concerned about their rivals preparations.

Billy Slater, Fullback: “To be honest, we don’t focus a lot on New South Wales. We certainly do our homework and we’ll know what we’re facing, but it’s really important we get our own game right.”

On-field training this morning was cancelled at the last minute and the Maroons have another scheduled day off tomorrow.

Across the border, the Blues also had a cruisy morning.

They spent their day stand up paddle boarding in Coffs Harbour.

Josh Morris, Blues Centre: “It was a bit of fun, getting away from footie for the day, getting in the water and just doing a bit of active recovery. It was something different, something that it’s better than sitting in the hotel room I suppose.”

On the betting market, Queensland remains odds on favourites.

Natalie Cameron, QUT News.