Origin ‘outgrown’ two-venue season


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    Queensland Rugby League boss Robert Moore says State of Origin has “gone beyond” the days of a team hosting two games every year after Adelaide was unveiled as the latest venue.

    The NRL confirmed on Wednesday that one of the first two games of the 2020 series would be held at Adelaide Oval.

    It will be the third consecutive series in which a game will be played outside NSW and Queensland with matches allocated for the MCG in 2018 and Perth next year.

    The Origin schedule beyond 2020 is yet to be confirmed.

    NSW are next to host two games a year after Queensland had their turn in 2017.

    But they will not get their first chance until at least 2021 after the Adelaide announcement.

    While Queensland will have to wait until 2022 at the earliest, Moore had no problem with neutral venues and believed the benefits to the game far outweighed a home series advantage.

    “I don’t know if the days of a team hosting two games a year are numbered but the game has gone beyond that,” he told AAP.

    “We will always maintain that on occasion there will be two games in each of the states.

    “But I can see the benefits of playing outside our states from the point of view of promoting expansion and the benefits to the game through revenue which goes back to grass roots footy.”

    Moore said it made sense to take Origin games to other venues – even throwing out Townsville’s new 25,000-seat stadium to be completed by 2020 as a potential host.

    “Origin is played in 50,000 seat stadiums and Townsville is not that, that could be an issue,” he said.

    “But who is to say in the future. I wouldn’t want to discount it.

    “New Zealand is also a very strong market.

    “I am not convinced that the market is mature enough for us to take games to Hong Kong or Singapore like other sports but maybe in the future – we will wait and see.”

    Meanwhile, NRL football boss Brian Canavan talked down the prospect of a backlash from Queensland or NSW fans for taking the game to neutral territory.

    “We’ve been through that before with Melbourne and that doesn’t seem to worry us,” he said.

    Queensland coach Kevin Walters added: “They’d play in a bindi field if they had to, they just love what Origin’s about.”

    Canavan and South Australia sports minister Leon Bignell declined to say what SA paid to host the game.

    The AFL usually have scheduling priority at Adelaide Oval but have guaranteed a date will be available in June 2020 for the Origin clash.

    Adelaide Oval will also host Sydney Roosters’ Round 16 NRL clash with Melbourne this year.

    Three NRL matches have been played at the venue since 2010 with a combined crowd of 41,800 – well short of the ground’s 53,500 capacity.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • February 15th 2018 @ 6:59am
      Bruce pryke said | February 15th 2018 @ 6:59am | ! Report

      It should only be played in Qland or NSW not SA nor New Zealand
      Qland and NSW only

    • February 15th 2018 @ 9:19am
      tv owns league said | February 15th 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Your crowd figures sum it up

    • February 15th 2018 @ 9:39am
      Paul said | February 15th 2018 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      What does this clown mean when he says “the SOO has gone beyond” that? What has it gone beyond?

      For sure it’s “gone beyond” the understanding of the blokes in charge of the game that it is a contest between NSW and QLD so that where the games should be played.

      It will also “go beyond” the realms of sanity if an SOO game is played out of Australia. Sure that happened before and was such a failure, it should have been buried then, but I suppose the idea of business class trip overseas is appealing to people who’s only interest is getting their heads deeper into the trough.

      And I’m not from either either NSW or Qld


    • February 16th 2018 @ 10:26am
      Big Daddy said | February 16th 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

      Your talking to the converted.
      The only reason it’s being taken to states outside of NSW is because the stadiums are either being pulled down or renovated and that leaves them with no other alternative because there is not another stadium of 30 plus so they have to take it to either Melbourne,Adelaide and Perth.
      It’s all about money, nothing else.
      You can bet the fat cats will be at each of these venues stuffing themselves with free p##s and food and as you said flying business class.
      I am from NSW and I think it’s disgusting.

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