Origin is a special competition, from its unique nature fostered by a state duopoly on the NRL to the passion it ignites that is generally reserved for only the fiercest international sporting rivalries.
UPDATE: Origin 1 started at 8:13pm AEST.
Ah yes, State of Origin time, and the great guessing game regarding time. When will the thing kick-off? The NRL have scheduled it for 8:10pm (AEST) on Wednesday, June 5 at Suncorp Stadium, but will that actually be the case.
It’s become a game on social media to play kick-off bingo ahead of the big game, and while there are no prizes attached to the end result, there is the comedic value of laughing at a multi-million dollar company not being able to schedule the biggest games of their season properly.
Of course, we all know at this point that NRL schedule documents aren’t worth the paper they are written (or printed on).
Game 1 last year, for example, was scheduled to commence at 8pm, but didn’t actually kick-off until 15 minutes later, and that, for the most part, is pretty much the summation of NRL scheduling.
Will the NRL finally get it right this year and have Game 1 of the State of Origin series in Brisbane kick-off right on 8:10pm like we see with other sports starting their matches on time, or, at 8:10pm, will we still be sitting around, looking at the clock with one eye on the never-ending build-up, wondering how the teams could possibly be still warming up?
This is where you come in.
We want you to use the form below and put a time in, telling us exactly what time you think Game 1 of State of Origin will kick-off in Brisbane.
The most popular times will be announced here at 7:30pm (AEST) – 40 minutes before the scheduled kick-off.