ALL eyes will be on Cooper Bambling and Kieran Duffin tonight as the Rockhampton duo represents Queensland in the State of Origin game two curtain-raiser.
Despite now living in opposite ends of the state, Yeppoon Seagulls junior Bambling and Norths Knights junior Duffin will continue their long-running tradition of pulling on the Queensland under-18 colours side-by-side when they take on the NSW under-18 side in Sydney.
While distant off the field, the pair has been brought together to play representative rugby league for Queensland since under-12s.
While studying full-time at QUT in Brisbane, Duffin has been in top form this season as he represents the Brisbane Broncos under-20s and enjoys stints with the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras and Norths Devils in the Intrust Super Cup.
North Queensland Cowboys under-20 player Bambling proved his worth on the field this season when he led the Townsville Stingers to an Australian under-18 title earlier this year.
Queensland under-18 coach Anthony Seibold named Bambling as the co-captain of tonight's encounter along with fellow Stingers co-captain Regan Grieve.
After the under-18s took on the Queensland Maroons open side in a practice match on Sunday, Seibold told Queensland Rugby League he was sure Bambling would get the job done.
"Cooper Bambling from the Cowboys is a halfback and a good organiser," Seibold said.
"We're going to go with co-captains; Regan Grieve and Cooper Bambling do that same job for the Townsville Stingers. They led them to the national final and obviously they were victorious there and we didn't want to change too much there.