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It wasn’t that long ago a starry eyed Mitchell Pearce was looking up to some of his rugby league idols, but now, at the age of 26, the NSW five-eighth stands in front of a school hall full of Woolgoolga Primary school students encouraging healthy eating and how he has matured into the Origin player he is today.

Pearce is focused on cementing the halves partnership between himself and halfback Trent Hodkinson and has no concerns the criticism that has ensued after the Bulldogs’ last game will hinder them come Wednesday night.

The result in game one has been put behind the NSW VB Blues and they are now utilising this second week in camp to fine tune and iron out any wrinkles.

Answer the call and get behind the NSW VB Blues when they take on Queensland in this year’s Holden State of Origin, with Game II played on 17 June in Melbourne. Coach Laurie Daley and the boys need your support! There’s no better way to support the Blues than being a part of The Star-backed Blatchys Blues crowd - join the Official NSW VB Blues supporter bays for Origin II here.