The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - DEAN RITCHIE

HAPPY birth­day Cam and you too, Billy boy.

And here is the birth­day wish from every­one in NSW: “It’s our party and you’re not in­vited to share in the cel­e­bra­tions on Wed­nes­day night.” Even the stars are

against the Cane­toads.

The two cham­pi­ons share a birth­day to­day when they both turn 34.

Slater was born on June 18, 1983, in Nam­bour. Smith was born on ex­actly the same day in Brisbane.

The pair have tor­mented NSW for a decade. They are Gem­i­nis and when we searched yes­ter­day it read: “You might have joined the wrong team, but it’s too late for


Slater and Smith have played 26 games to­gether for Queens­land, win­ning 15.

“They are great players and have been for many years,” NSW coach Lau­rie Daley said.

“We are un­der no il­lu­sions. We know this won­der­ful Queens­land team will bounce back.”

Slater is be­ing touted as Queens­land’s saviour hav­ing been over­looked for game one.

Blues for­ward Wade Gra­ham let his feel­ings be known on Smith and Slater. “Smith will be an Im­mor­tal, Slater is prob­a­bly the best full­back that’s played the game,” Gra­ham said. The Blues are hop­ing the pair en­joy to­day. But that’s where it stops.

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