Veteran Chambers feels young but offers wisdom
WILL Chambers loves a laugh with his teammates as much as he ever has, but the Queensland centre has been under no illusions about the importance of his role as a senior figure for the Maroons ahead of tonight's State of Origin opener.
At 31 years of age and with nine Origin appearances under his belt, the Melbourne Storm veteran recognises his leadership is paramount to success for the younger Maroons.
Speaking after a Queensland training run this week at Brisbane's Davies Park, Chambers shared some of the strategies he was using to help his teammates prepare for battle.
The question of how it feels to be an "old hand" in the Maroons' side brings a chuckle.
"I'm still a bit young - I think I'm young anyway," Chambers said.
"I like to have a joke and that still, but I know that being a bit older I've got to try and share my experiences that I've had in Origin with some of the younger boys coming through. Like how tough the arena is, and what to expect next Wednesday night.
"We spoke about the intensity, how hard the game's going to be.
"This isn't club footy. This is the big arena. This is the game everyone wants to be involved in.
"We just want to keep them prepared and take it day by day.
"You know what to expect after you've been there a few times, how hard and fast the game is.
"It's something you don't get to experience too much for the rest of the year. It's like having three grand finals in the middle of the year."
But what about that infamous rivalry with Latrell Mitchell, who got the better of Chambers last year?
"I'm worried about the Queensland Maroons, that's all I'm worried about and that's all I can worry about," Chambers said.
"I don't have to worry about other people, other things, whatever."
And what about Mitchell's desire to "dominate" Chambers once again?
"As I said before, I'm not worried about other people," the veteran said.
Mum's the word now, but we don't have long to wait before we find out what the next Mitchell v Chambers chapter holds.