LIVE: State of Origin game three

GAME ON: State of Origin captains Cameron Smith from Queesland and Paul Gallen from NSW.
GAME ON: State of Origin captains Cameron Smith from Queesland and Paul Gallen from NSW. DEAN LEWINS

NEW South Wales skipper Paul Gallen will be hoping he can walk off ANZ Stadium tonight a winner in his 24th and final game in a sky blue jumper.

With Queensland having already clinched a 10th interstate series in the past 11 years in Brisbane last month, the NSW players desperately want to avoid a 3-0 series clean sweep in Gallen's last game in front of his supporters.

Queensland's last clean sweep was in 2010 when Gallen was in his early days as captain of the Blues.

A win would also take some of the shine off Queensland skipper Cameron Smith once again lifting the State of Origin shield aloft at the end of the match as the 2016 series champions.

Gallen will captain NSW for the 16th time tonight passing former Blues and Australian hooker Danny Buderus as his state's most-capped leader.

Queensland though is planning its own send-off party for lock Corey Parker, who will play his 19th and last Origin since 2004.

Feelings have bubbled over between the rival camps with players from both sides firing verbal shots during the build-up to Origin 108.

There are suggestions the game could feature a lot of niggle, which at some stage could turn ugly, although under the game's automatic sin bin for punching it's unlikely fans will see any real fireworks of old.

With the series over there were concerns the ANZ Stadium crowd would fall flat but stadium officials believe they will get between 60,000 and 70,000 fans in the stands.

Conditions are very chilly and windy, which will add to the difficulty of fielding bombs for both sides.

There was a great omen for Queensland earlier in the day when a horse named Big Arty cleaned up its rivals at Warwick Farm races.

Big Artie Beetson led Queensland to Origin victory in the very first game at Brisbane's Lang Park in 1980.

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