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Sport Guess who! State of Origin stars look fresh-faced in cute throwback snaps…so can you recognise who they are?

21:56  05 june  2018
21:56  05 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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It's the most hyped footy series in Australia, and tomorrow State of Origin gets underway as New South Wales takes on Queensland in Melbourne.

Both teams are full of big, burly players who will be taking part in what is always a physical and intense three-match competition.

But before they became the stars they are today, the players were just youngsters with dreams of glory.

Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at some famous State of Origin footy players before they made the big time.

a person standing in a room: Growing up Nathan Cleary had the perfect role model in his own house, as father Ivan forged his own successful NRL career© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Growing up Nathan Cleary had the perfect role model in his own house, as father Ivan forged his own successful NRL career

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a man holding a football ball: Now Nathan is all grown up and the 20-year-old is set to debut for the Blues at halfback tomorrow night, having proven his ability with the Penrith Panthers© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Now Nathan is all grown up and the 20-year-old is set to debut for the Blues at halfback tomorrow night, having proven his ability with the Penrith Panthers

Growing up Nathan Cleary had the perfect role model in his own house, as father Ivan forged his own successful NRL career.

Now Nathan is all grown up and the 20-year-old is set to debut for the Blues at halfback tomorrow night, having proven his ability with the Penrith Panthers.

In a cute throwback photo, Nathan is shown with a golf club instead of the football he'd be more accustomed to later on.

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a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field: 'Turbo' Tom Trbojevic (pictured) and his brother Jake will become the eight pair of siblings to play State of Origin when they run out for NSW tomorrow night© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Turbo' Tom Trbojevic (pictured) and his brother Jake will become the eight pair of siblings to play State of Origin when they run out for NSW tomorrow night

a man holding a football ball© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

a man holding a sign posing for the camera© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

'Turbo' Tom Trbojevic and his brother Jake will become the eight pair of siblings to play State of Origin when they run out for NSW tomorrow night.

The Manly Sea Eagles duo have already represented Australia together, and now have the opportunity to do the same for their state.

Tom shared a throwback photo of himself as a youngster where he 'dreamed of playing NRL'.

'Now, through hard work and commitment I have achieved that goal.'

a young boy who is smiling at the camera: Melbourne Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr will make his debut for NSW tomorrow night© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Melbourne Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr will make his debut for NSW tomorrow night

a rugby player on a field: In a throwback post, the winger said his story began as a child growing up in western Sydney© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In a throwback post, the winger said his story began as a child growing up in western Sydney

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Melbourne Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr will make his debut for NSW tomorrow night.

In a throwback post, the winger said his story began as a child growing up in western Sydney.

'Since playing my first game I fell in love with rugby league,' he said.

a baby posing for the camera: South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Angus Crichton shared a photo of his mother Pip© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Angus Crichton shared a photo of his mother Pip

a person holding a football ball: Crichton is one of the many Blues playing State of Origin for the first time on Wednesday night© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Crichton is one of the many Blues playing State of Origin for the first time on Wednesday night

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Angus Crichton shared a photo of his mother Pip.

'Happy birthday to my number one. The most amazing woman and I'm so lucky to have you,' he posted.

Crichton is one of the many Blues playing State of Origin for the first time on Wednesday night.

a little boy that is standing in the grass: His Rabbitohs teammate Damien Cook (right) will be lining up alongside him for NSW© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited His Rabbitohs teammate Damien Cook (right) will be lining up alongside him for NSW

a rugby player with a football ball: Cook has impressed with his speed out of dummy half for South Sydney this season and was rewarded with a call-up for Origin© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cook has impressed with his speed out of dummy half for South Sydney this season and was rewarded with a call-up for Origin

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His Rabbitohs teammate Damien Cook will be lining up alongside him for NSW.

Cook has impressed with his speed out of dummy half for South Sydney this season and was rewarded with a call-up for Origin.

A throwback photo shows Cook posing with a young teammate wearing the colours of the Balmain Tigers.

a young boy who is smiling at the camera: Tyrone Peachey is another NSW player with rugby league in his blood, following in the footsteps of his uncle David© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tyrone Peachey is another NSW player with rugby league in his blood, following in the footsteps of his uncle David

a football player on a field: Peachey will play off the bench for the Blues on Wednesday night© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Peachey will play off the bench for the Blues on Wednesday night

Tyrone Peachey is another NSW player with rugby league in his blood, following in the footsteps of his uncle David.

Peachey will play off the bench for the Blues on Wednesday night.

While sharing a photo from his childhood, Peachey made light of the haircut he sported as youngster.

'Thanks mum for the fresh bowl cut,' he said.

Bulldogs hardman David Klemmer will be looking to inflict some pain on his Queensland opponents on Wednesday night.

But in 2011, Klemmer was just a fresh-faced youngster chasing a footy dream while playing for the NSW under-18 side.

Talented in both rugby league and AFL as a teenager, Klemmer eventually chose to pursue a career in the former and is now a key member of the Blues' forward pack.

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New South Wales will be looking to reverse a period of Queensland dominance in the series.

The defending champions are in a rebuilding phase, and will be without legends Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater.

Bulldogs hardman David Klemmer will be looking to inflict some pain on his Queensland opponents on Wednesday night© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Bulldogs hardman David Klemmer will be looking to inflict some pain on his Queensland opponents on Wednesday night

a man holding a football ball: But in 2011, Klemmer was just a fresh-faced youngster chasing a footy dream while playing for the NSW under-18 side© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But in 2011, Klemmer was just a fresh-faced youngster chasing a footy dream while playing for the NSW under-18 side


Freddy backs young gun for Origin debut .
New South Wales Origin coach Brad Fittler has suggested that one of Queensland's brightest prospects is ready for the Origin stage in Game 2.Ponga was drafted into the Maroons squad following Billy Slater’s hamstring injury prior to Game 1, but did not partake in Game 1. Following Queensland’s loss in the Origin opener, several experts have called for the 20-year-old to be named to start Game 2.

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