SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Paul Vaughan of the Blues is tackled during game two of the State of Origin series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The NRL have confirmed the 2019 State of Origin series will have another Sunday game, with Game Two of next year’s series to be played on Sunday at Optus Stadium in Perth.

The match will be played on June 23,2019, and given the time difference between Perth and the eastern states, the twilight clash in Perth will see a prime time kick off in NSW and Queensland.

The 2019 series will follow the same pattern as this year’s series, with Games I and III to be played on Wednesday nights.

With the fixture moving away from the east coast, it’s the first time since 1987 when a game was played in California that a match will be played outside of those eastern states.

Optus Stadium has hosted some NRL matches in the past, with almost 39,000 fans turning up to the double header in round one this season between the Rabbitohs and Warriors and the Bulldogs and Storm.


  1. I like it. I like that it is in a neutral venue (selling the sport to another market, with each state getting 1 each), I like that it is a Sunday between 2 Wednesday’s (compressing it), I like that it will be a representative round (assumedly), and I like that it is a day game (better conditions) but will be watched at night on the East coast. (Get your leave form in early for the Monday if you want to have a big night out). Bring it on!

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