Queensland are the current holders of the series after they scored a 52-6 victory in Game 3 of the series. Here is the full 2016 State of Origin draw and fixtures.
2016 State of Origin fixtures
Origin Game One: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday, 1 Jun 2016, 8.00pm AEST – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Origin Game Two: Queensland vs NSW – Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 8.00pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Origin Game Three: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday 13 July 2016, 8.00pm AEST – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Games for 2016 are scheduled to kick off at 8:00pm AEST though are likely to kick off later.**
**Important note – most Origin games are scheduled to start at 8:00pm, and for Game 3 it’s likely to be around 8:16pm, but kick off later than this time. The exact kick-off, after the Australian national anthem is performed, and TV specials are completed, is usually closer to 8:20pm. Origins 1 and 2, for example, both kicked off at 8:22pm AEST.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 fixtures. As soon as anything is announced, including kickoff times, they’ll be right here on The Roar.
The State Of Origin Fixtures & Draw sees a three-match series contested between NSW and Queensland that usually begins in early June and finishes in the middle of July. In 2015, the first match will be played on May 27.
Last year’s Origin fixtures:
Origin Game One: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 8.16pm AEST – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Origin Game Two: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday, 17 June 2015, 8.00pm AEST – Melbourne Cricket Ground
Origin Game Three: Queensland vs NSW – Wednesday 8 July 2015, 8.00pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Each Origin series sees either New South Wales Blues or Queensland Maroons play two of the series’ three games at their home ground. 2015 will see the return of Origin football to the MCG, where there will be one game played. A game has also been confirmed for the 2018 series.
Recent times have seen some Origin games played at Etihad Stadium and the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
In 2014, Queensland entered the series having won the last eight on the trot, and had the advantage with two matches played at Suncorp Stadium, the home of the Maroons. Nonetheless, the Blues triumphed, with two close wins in the first two games to take the series. The Maroons recaptured the trophy in 2015, earning their ninth win in ten seasons.