State of Origin 2016

The Maroons are still without a coach after Paul Green turned the position down. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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

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.


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

Hastings is the future of NSW: Fittler

by , 11 Feb 2016

NSW State of Origin legend Brad Fittler says Blues fans will get a glimpse of the future when Sydney Roosters prodigy Jackson Hastings steps up for shamed captain Mitchell Pearce.

Meninga’s feat won’t be repeated: Hodges

by , 11 Feb 2016

Retired great Justin Hodges has backed besieged new Queensland coach Kevin Walters but believes the success the Maroons enjoyed under Mal Meninga “will never be done again”.

Smith and Inglis back Walters’ Origin bans

by , 10 Feb 2016

Queensland captain Cameron Smith says the eight Emerging Origin players banned from this year’s series showed a “lack of respect” for new coach Kevin Walters by sneaking out of camp to drink against orders.

Boyd backs Emerging Origin bans

by , 7 Feb 2016

Queensland veteran Darius Boyd has thrown his support behind team hierarchy to banish the “Valley eight”, saying ill discipline had become too common amongst the Emerging Maroons.

QRL may adopt booze bans for young guns

by , 6 Feb 2016

Booze bans may be considered for future Emerging Origin camps, Queensland Rugby League managing director Robert Moore admits.

Seniors helped Walters make QRL ban call

by , 6 Feb 2016

Advice from Queensland’s senior players gave new Maroons coach Kevin Walters the conviction to slap bans on another six young guns despite knowing it could sabotage his maiden State of Origin series.

Club legends should be mandatory at Auckland Nines

Club legends should be mandatory at Auckland Nines

by , 4 Feb 2016 Video

With all 16 NRL teams naming their Auckland Nines squads for the coming weekend, it was worth noting just how excited fans were that Matthew Bowen had been named in the Cowboys’ squad of 18.

Milford being investigated, Holmes and Munster banned by QRL

Milford being investigated, Holmes and Munster banned by QRL

by , 2 Feb 2016

Days after being ear marked for a 2016 State of Origin debut, Brisbane’s Anthony Milford has become embroiled in a Queensland Rugby League probe that has already resulted in two players copping 12 month bans.

Pearce’s blues is NSW’s blessing in disguise

Pearce’s blues is NSW’s blessing in disguise

by , 29 Jan 2016 Video

Mitchell Pearce has been stood down by the Sydney Roosters and his rugby league career is in serious doubt following an alcohol-fuelled incident on Australia Day.

Enough is enough, NSW need new Blues blood

Enough is enough, NSW need new Blues blood

by , 25 Jan 2016 Video

Yep, it’s January and I’m thinking of State of Origin. Who isn’t?

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