Langer inspires Queensland winger Oates

Allan Langer (back, left) is helping Corey Oates get back to his best form. (AAP)

Queensland's Corey Oates says Allan Langer is the life of the party but believes the Maroons great's words of wisdom will help him rediscover his mojo.

When Allan Langer speaks, people listen - then usually split their sides.

But Queensland winger Corey Oates says there is a serious side to the larrikin Maroons great and is confident it will spark his try-scoring resurgence in next week's State of Origin series decider.

Oates admits Langer - a former 34-Origin star for Queensland - is the life of the party at Camp Maroon, both on and off the field.

When Langer isn't helping Maroons bond at camp, he's cracking up Queensland players when running out as the water boy during tense Origin games.

"He just runs past you and gives you a bit of cheek every now and again, it makes you relax," Oates said of Langer's presence as Maroons trainer.

"Even if you do something silly, he is the first bloke to come over and say 'it is sweet mate let's go again, let's switch on, change your mindset', stuff like that.

"He has a laugh."

While the likeable Langer may enjoy a beer and a joke in camp, Oates was confident the former champion halfback's work ethic would help him discover his try-scoring ways in Origin.

The lanky Brisbane flyer knows his way to the white stripe, sitting equal third in the NRL try-scorers' list with 10 from 13 games to date - just two behind leader Maika Sivo of Parramatta.

Yet Oates has only crossed three times in seven Origins to date, last crashing over in Queensland's 18-14 Origin I victory.

He hopes hands-on lessons from Langer will help turn his Maroons strike rate around as Queensland look to seal their 12th series in 14 years.

"I just need to get myself in the best position to catch the ball. I was probably a bit lazy at the start of the year (for NRL club Brisbane)," Oates said.

"So I get Alf to kick me the ball in the sheds (before Broncos and Queensland games).

"He stands about three or four metres away from me and boots it at me pretty hard, then you get a feel for the ball.

"You find you are not snatching at it then, you let the ball come to your hands - it helps get my brain switched on."

Langer is a famous raconteur, effortlessly spinning a yarn that leaves Queensland squad members in stitches.

Yet Oates insisted Langer had plenty of words of wisdom at Camp Maroon.

"The player he was and career he had, when he talks you listen," Oates said.

"His best advice? It's about having a crack and that it doesn't matter if you have all the talent - you have to a bit of heart."

Source AAP

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