State of Origin 2015

NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series 12-8 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Welcome to The Roar‘s coverage of the 2015 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.

STATE OF ORIGIN LIVE SCORES – GAME 2

2015 Game 3: Both states will name their teams on Tuesday the 30th of July. Josh Jackson is available for NSW after successfully fighting his dangerous throw charge at the judiciary. There are also rumours that Will Hopoate will be dropped for Blake Ferguson. Michael Jennings will also retain his spot despite his drunken incident last week.

Queensland should welcome back Cooper Cronk, as he has trained well with his club side, Melbourne. Billy Slater will not play Origin 3 after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. Greg Inglis is most likely to slot in at fullback.

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 2015 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.

Full State of Origin 2015 Game 1 wrap:
>> ORIGIN 1 MATCH REPORT
>> FULL ORIGIN RESULTS
>> Live blog and highlights
>> Cameron Smith given man of the match

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 22 series compared to the Blues’ 13.

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 we’re set for a cracking 2015 series.

2015 State of Origin Fixture

GAME 1 GAME 2 GAME 3
 NSW vs QLD QLD vs NSW QLD vs NSW
Date Wed 27 May, 2015 Date Wed 17 June, 2015 Date Wed 8 July, 2015
Venue ANZ Stadium, Sydney Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground Venue Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
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.

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 will host 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

Hodges confirms Origin III is his last

by , 5 Jul 2015

Queensland veteran centre Justin Hodges has confirmed he will play for his beloved Maroons for the final time in the State of Origin decider in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

Farah trains with Blues ahead of Origin

by , 5 Jul 2015

Robbie Farah has trained with NSW for the first time since suffering a hand injury last weekend.

MASCORD: Is anyone impartial around Origin time?

MASCORD: Is anyone impartial around Origin time?

by , 3 Jul 2015

State Of Origin’s biggest strength, and its biggest weakness, is that at this time of year no-one is impartial.

Robbie can expect more than a stiff handshake in Origin 3

Robbie can expect more than a stiff handshake in Origin 3

by , 2 Jul 2015 Video

State of Origin has come down to a decider and it’s about time Queensland stooped to the level of New South Wales to win the series.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 17

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 17

by , 2 Jul 2015 Popular article! Video

There is never a dull moment in the National Rugby League as we inch closer to September footy.

NSW firebrand Klemmer loves to be hated

by , 2 Jul 2015

David Klemmer has been appointed as Public Enemy No.1 in Queensland in the lead up to State of Origin III, and according to his NSW teammates that is just the way he likes it.

Ennis expected to join NSW in camp

by , 2 Jul 2015

Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis is expected to fly to Coffs Harbour and join the NSW camp on Thursday morning after failing in a bid to overturn a high tackle charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Queensland backline shuffle no worry for Boyd

by , 2 Jul 2015

Queensland winger Darius Boyd is confident he can strike up an understanding with Will Chambers to match his prolific partnership with Greg Inglis.

Ennis Origin record a worry for Blues

by , 2 Jul 2015

Here’s another reason for NSW fans to play for a miracle recovery for Robbie Farah from his hand injury, Michael Ennis’ poor State of Origin record.

Remembering the enigmatic Maroon, Peter ‘Jacko’ Jackson

by , 1 Jul 2015

Look up the word ‘enigmatic’ in the dictionary and you may well find a photograph of the great Queenslander, Peter Jackson.


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