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 2014, the first match will be played on May 28.
**Important note – most Origin games are named to start at 8:00pm, 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 8:15pm.
Origin Game One: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 8.00pm 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 State 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 State Of Origin games played at Etihad Stadium 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.