BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22: Blues and Maroons fan cheer before game two of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Historic move that could change Origin

State of Origin will make history in 2019, with a multimillion-dollar deal to play a NSW v Queensland match in Perth for the first time: Game 2 of that year’s series, played on a weekend rather than mid-week.

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The match, which would be the first Origin fixture outside Australia’s eastern seaboard since an exhibition game in Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago, has been confirmed by NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg in reports on Friday.

It is hoped a weekend fixture, rather than the long-running Wednesday night option, will encourage fans to travel west for the game, the West Australian reported.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent

    This is smart thinking NRL, use our best assets to promote the game ahead of putting a team there.

  2. I live in Perth and have converted over a dozen people to love our great game. This news is so bloody super exciting. Farkk yeahh

    • You see, that is what I am talking about. Sydneysiders can’t be bothered to turn out for Gal’s party because its a dead rubber whilst other areas get super excited and pack stadiums no matter what. Look at Melbourne last year – 100k attendance in the AFL captial.

      It should be the norm that 1 of the 3 games every year is played somewhere outside of QLD/NSW.

      • Nearly 62,000 is a poor turnout is it?
        Typical moronic comment from well zerotackle’s biggest.
        Suncorp stadium holds 52,000 champ, can you see which state has the bigger turn-out?

    • Can I ask what your first name is ? Sorry I have a bro living in Perth and we are Bankstown born and bred

  3. I disagree. I can think of no other sport that is so quick to sell its soul to the highest bidder. Origin is between QLD and NSW and should be played infront of fans that are actually invested in the result.

    Maybe I am in the minority but I don’t care if League never spreads to other states. For all these changes and dreams of expansion the game as a quality product has been on the downward spiral since the mid 90’s. The game is too quick to abandon what made it great and popular in the first place, softening it and wrapping it up in a neat little box, just made for television, pleasing these supposed outraged mothers who will never let their precious little boys play such a mean game. The NRL should be more interested in protecting our heartlands and traditions.

  4. Dumb idea!! Should stick to Sydney and Brisbane, don’t kill tradition it’s our state v state.

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