State of Origin 2016

Welcome to The Roar‘s coverage of the 2016 State of Origin series, including news, previews, video, highlights and team announcements. We’ll be updating this page daily as the latest State of Origin news breaks.

Considered by many as the pinnacle of rugby league, State Of Origin is one of Australia’s premier sporting events, played in front of sold-out stadiums. The series itself is contested between New South Wales and Queensland, who have formed an epic rivalry that has resulted in some of the toughest and most skilful games ever.

Since its inception in 1980, the results between NSW and QLD have been extraordinarily even, contributing further to the competition’s success. Overall the Maroons have won 23 series compared to the Blues’ 13.

Currently, State of Origin is played over three Wednesday nights, three weeks apart. In 2018 that is set to change, with Game 2 to move to a Sunday night on a standalone representative weekend, changing the long-held Origin tradition of playing on a Wednesday night.

This is part of a number of changes in the new NRL free-to-air TV deal.

2016 State of Origin Fixture

GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3
 NSW vs QLD QLD vs NSW NSW vs QLD
Date: Wed 1 Jun, 2016 Date: Wed 22 June, 2016 Date:Wed 13 July, 2016
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Time (AEST): 8:00pm* Time (AEST): 8:00pm* Time (AEST): 8:00pm*
TV Channel: Nine TV Channel: Nine TV Channel Nine

*Important note – most Origin games commence later than this time. The exact kick-off, after the Australian national anthem is performed, and TV specials are completed, is closer to 8:15pm.

History

Queensland took out the 2015 State of Origin series with a dominating 52-6 victory in Game 3.

Here’s how the season played out:

2015 Game 3: 52,500 people were in Suncorp Stadium to witness a complete domination from the Maroons. The biggest winning margin in Queensland history in front of the ravenous home fans.

2015 Game 2: A record 91,514 packed the MCG in Melbourne. NSW won the match 26-18 thanks to a heroic performance from Michael Jennings. NSW have forced the decider, which will be played in Brisbane.

2015 Game 1: Queensland have won the first match of the State of Origin series 11-10, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. It sets up an intriguing battle for the rest of the series, with NSW needing to win the the second game in Melbourne to force a decider in Brisbane.

Paul Gallen is back for the Blues, while Cooper Cronk is out for the Maroons. Will this make a big difference? Find out at our teams page.

In 2014 NSW sealed the series in Game 2, breaking Queensland’s streak of eight straight wins. However, the Maroons had a point to prove after losing the opening game of the series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, and prove it they did in Game 3, with a thumping 32-8 result – again at Suncorp.

Nevertheless, Blues captain Paul Gallen held the trophy high that night, and setting the stage for a cracking 2015 series.

2014 series – how it happened

Game 3 was a ‘dead rubber’ by name, but was still played with passion, pride and intensity. It showed the Queensland team of old, as the Maroons piled on five tries to thrash the Blues 32-8.

Although they only took a 6-2 lead into halftime, the win was built on the back of an opening half where NSW were forced to get through a mountain of defensive work. As a result, the Maroons managed four tries in a clinic of attacking play in the second half.

Tries to Aiden Guerra, Billy Slater, Darius Boyd and Cooper Cronk saw the Maroons home in a thrashing, but it didn’t stop Blues skipper Paul Gallen from holding aloft the shield after the match in front of 50,000 Queenslanders.

» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – Full time report
» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – Half time report
» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – live scores, blog, highlights
» State of Origin 2014 Game 3 – Full team lists

Game 2 was competitive, controversial, and full of niggle, which made for a low-scoring contest. But NSW’s 6-4 win resulted in their first series victory over Queensland since 2005.

Queensland took two penalty goals either side of halftime through Johnathan Thurston. But Trent Hodkinson managed to convert pressure into points for the Blues, when after five consecutive sets attacking the Queensland line he slipped through the Maroons’ defence for the only try of the match.

There was a controversial moment at the end of the match, with the ball brushing Aaron Woods before going dead on the full, but the Blues were awarded a penalty, and held on for the win and the series victory.

» Game 2 – Full time report
» Game 2 – Half time report
» 2014 State of Origin Game 2 – Live scores
» Expert reaction to New South Wales’ State of Origin squad for Game 2
» Expert reaction to Queensland’s State of Origin squad for Game 2

Game 1 of the 2014 series on May 28 saw the two teams take to Suncorp Stadium. The build-up was as tense, and when the teams took the park the action was ferocious.

Despite an early Darius Boyd try, New South Wales enjoyed the ascendency in the first half, with tries to Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne seeing them take a 10-4 lead.

As the second half began, a penalty goal took the Blues to a 12-4 lead, but Darius Boyd’s second try brought the game back to life. The Blues however didn’t relent, and managed to hold off at fast-finishing Queensland to win 12-8.

» State of Origin Game 1 live blog
» 2014 State of Origin Game 1 full time report
» State of Origin Game 1 half time report

» Expert reaction to Origin teams – Queensland Maroons
» Expert reaction to Origin teams – New South Wales Blues

Origin 3 – Photo Gallery

Cooper Cronk scores Queensland's fifth try in a 32-8 defeat of New South Wales in Game 3Johnathan Thurston looks to pass during Queensland's 32-8 win in Game 3

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Origin 2 – Photo Gallery

Johnathan Thurston and Josh Reynolds tussle in Origin 2Paul Gallen takes up the ball in Origin 2
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Origin 1 – Photo Gallery

NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1NSW Blues player Daniel Tupou leaps for a ball ahead of Queensland's Justin Hodges during Game one

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2013 series – how it happened

Game 1 saw NSW and Queensland head to ANZ Stadium, Sydney, for the opening game of the series. The Blues won 14-6, after leading 14-0 at half-time.

Read all the action as it unfolded here:
» 2013 State of Origin Game 1 – NSW vs Queensland live scores, blog

Game 2 in Brisbane, Queensland, saw the Maroons turn on a dominant performance, winning 26-6, after leading 14-0 at half-time and going on with it, scoring first in the second-half. Four players were sent to the sin-bin for fighting in a controversial decision from referees.

Read all the action as it unfolded here:
» 2013 State of Origin Game 2 – Queensland vs NSW live scores, blog

Game 3 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney saw the Maroons clinch the series, winning 12-10, after leading 8-4 at half-time in a close game, marred by a streaker running into the middle of play.

Read all the action as it unfolded here:
» 2013 State of Origin Game 3 – Queensland vs NSW live scores, blog

In November 2012 the Australian Rugby League Commission announced a five-year schedule, with NSW and Queensland both being awarded two series in which they would host two home matches, with the remaining series having a game hosted at a neutral venue. NSW will host two-game home series in 2013 and 2016 while Queensland will host two-game home series in 2014 and 2017. In 2015 each side hosted one game, with the Australian Rugby League Commission currently in negotiations with the Victorian Major Events Company to have the match held at a Melbourne venue. The announcement was controversially received by Queensland, who had originally been scheduled to host two matches at Suncorp Stadium before the ALRC’s decision in November 2012.

Relive all the action!
State of Origin 2013 Game 1 live scores, blog

Origin 3 – Photo Gallery

Queensland Maroons' Billy Slater and Copper Cronk celebrate winning State of Origin 2013Robbie Farah makes another run during State of Origin Game 3
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Origin 2 – Photo Gallery

Queensland's Brent Tate is sin-binned for his part in a brawl during 2013 State of Origin Game 2Queensland's Johnathan Thurston (left) blocks NSW's Josh Dugan during 2013 State of Origin Game 2
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Origin 1 – Photo Gallery

Paul Gallen (c) and Nate Myles fight during the opening match of the 2013 State of Origin.NSW Blues' Jarryd Hayne scores the opening try during Game I of the the 2013 State of Origin
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State of Origin Articles

By the numbers: Tedesco should be the Blues No. 1

By the numbers: Tedesco should be the Blues No. 1

by , 28 Apr 2016

Following up my analysis of the halfback and five-eighth combo, I’ve moved onto another hotly-contested position for State of Origin, fullback.

Selection for Game 1 is key to winning State of Origin

Selection for Game 1 is key to winning State of Origin

by , 24 Apr 2016

In the lead up to this year’s State of Origin series there will be plenty of passionate discussion about who should be picked for the 2016 NSW and Queensland Origin teams.

It is time for Origin-like passion in the international game

It is time for Origin-like passion in the international game

by , 21 Apr 2016

The last ten years of Origin have been somewhat one sided. Queensland have absolutely dominated, winning a total of nine of the ten series played.

Daley’s NSW Origin picks coloured by pain

Daley’s NSW Origin picks coloured by pain

by , 21 Apr 2016

Laurie Daley’s early, upsetting State of Origin experiences will have the NSW coach again leaning on the side of conservatism at the selection table ahead of this year’s interstate series.

“Pull your head in”: Hodges contemplated Origin comeback

by , 20 Apr 2016

Joke or not, Justin Hodges says he took an approach by Queensland coach Kevin Walters about playing in this year’s State of Origin campaign seriously.

The numbers say Maloney and Townsend should be NSW’s halves

The numbers say Maloney and Townsend should be NSW’s halves

by , 20 Apr 2016

For the past few Origins, Johnathan Thurston (an Immortal in waiting who will soon usurp Andrew Johns as the greatest halfback of all time) and Cooper Cronk (part of the Storm spine that has delivered premiership success) have wreaked havoc on NSW teams.

If State of Origin started today, here’s who I’d pick

If State of Origin started today, here’s who I’d pick

by , 20 Apr 2016

With Round 7 coming to a close, the all anticipated State of Origin series, is quickly coming into picture.

NSW selections should follow Queensland’s lead

NSW selections should follow Queensland’s lead

by , 15 Apr 2016

During the week someone challenged me to write my own Roar article, so I thought I’d tackle the subject of NSW Origin selection.

State of Origin 2016: James Tedesco should be the Blues’ number 1 choice

State of Origin 2016: James Tedesco should be the Blues’ number 1 choice

by , 14 Apr 2016

Every Origin season, debates rage around who should get a representative spot.

Gallen told Bird to calm down for NSW’s sake

by , 12 Apr 2016

So hell-bent was Greg Bird on causing destruction on Sunday that NSW captain Paul Gallen felt compelled to warn him about harming his State of Origin chances.


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