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 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.

2016 series
Queensland have secured the 2016 series in Game 2, with a 26-16 win at Suncorp Stadium. Game 1 was a tighter affair, with Queensland getting the win 6-4. You can relive the action of that game with our live blog, or read our match report of the game here.

There is still Game 3 to go, at ANZ Stadium in Queensland.

History and format
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.

Latest State of Origin videos

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.

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 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.

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

Origin: The way it used to be

Origin: The way it used to be

by , 2 Jul 2016

There has been a huge amount written about State of Origin over recent days. Topics such as the Blues’ current malaise, just how many Queenslanders are future Immortals, what Laurie should do, why Bozo is there and so on.

Forget sentiment, here is why Gallen must play one last Origin

Forget sentiment, here is why Gallen must play one last Origin

by , 30 Jun 2016

Since the somewhat inevitable Queensland victory in State of Origin at Suncorp last week there have been a lot of things said about the NSW side – not many of them complimentary.

Flair versus fatigue: What really wins the game?

Flair versus fatigue: What really wins the game?

by , 30 Jun 2016

Watching Nathan Ross score that amazing try for the Knights against the Dragons on the weekend made me feel a couple of things.

NSW need a gameplan if they want to avoid the blues

NSW need a gameplan if they want to avoid the blues

by , 30 Jun 2016

I’ve heard it time and time again: Queensland are just too good. When the old army retires, normality will return. But is Queensland really that good or have NSW just been bad?

The Blues must pick a winning team for Origin 3

The Blues must pick a winning team for Origin 3

by , 29 Jun 2016

Following Queensland’s continued domination in State of Origin, it is necessary for NSW to make a few tweaks to its squad in order to win back some pride.

Losing is a disease. Does Laurie have the cure?

Losing is a disease. Does Laurie have the cure?

by , 28 Jun 2016

“Losing is a disease… as contagious as polio. Losing is a disease… as contagious as syphilis. Losing is a disease… as contagious as bubonic plague. Attacking one… but infecting all. But curable.”

The Roar’s NRL MVP: State of Origin 2 and Round 16

The Roar’s NRL MVP: State of Origin 2 and Round 16

by , 28 Jun 2016

Well, Queensland have won the State of Origin series in straight sets, the Cronulla Sharks made it 11 in-a-row and the Brisbane Broncos continue their mid-season form slump. Welcome back to The Roar‘s NRL MVP.

Would the Blues be better off playing at Allianz?

Would the Blues be better off playing at Allianz?

by , 27 Jun 2016

Having been exposed heavily to rugby union over the last year and a half (thanks to my girlfriend), I decided to head out to my first ever Wallabies Test on the weekend.

Is Semi about to become fully detached from the Eels?

Is Semi about to become fully detached from the Eels?

by , 27 Jun 2016

I’ll believe Semi Radradra is back at Parramatta when he actually appears back at Parramatta. At the moment, the issue surrounding the Fijian winger has a smell about it that suggests it is not going to end well for the Eels.

Is Phil Gould the magic elixir for our Origin Blues?

Is Phil Gould the magic elixir for our Origin Blues?

by , 27 Jun 2016

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Not again. The Queensland team was supposed to be too old and slow. Adam Reynolds’ kicking game was meant to make all the difference.


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