This article follows on from my recent article ‘The Australian coaches dream team‘ and this time I have selected a team made up of some of the great players who have coached either New South Wales or Queensland since State of Origin began in 1980.
Adelaide has retained the right to host Origin 1 this year after the NRL announced the venues for all three games of the men’s series as well as the standalone Women’s Origin encounter.
While the City of Churches was initially announced as the location for Game 1, the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had raised doubts about whether it would remain in South Australia.
However the NRL today announced the venues for the State of Origin fixtures would remain as originally scheduled, with the Adelaide Oval hosting Game 1, ANZ Stadium in Sydney Game 2, and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium Game 3.
“We are excited to play this historic game in South Australia for the very first time,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.
“In recent years Origin has captivated Melbourne and Perth and we cannot wait to see how the people of Adelaide respond. The interest from states, outside NSW and Queensland, to host our showpiece event is extraordinary.”
The dates for the series were also confirmed, the series to be played on consecutive Wednesdays in November: the fourth, 11th and 18th on the month.
Women’s State of Origin, meanwhile, will take place in between Games 2 and 3 of the men’s series at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday, November 13. It will be the first time the women’s match has been played in Queensland.
“To be able to play our third ever women’s Origin match on the Sunshine Coast as originally hoped is incredibly important to us,” Abdo said.
“The women’s game is such an important part of our game and despite the pandemic we will play both NRLW and Women’s Origin this season. In a year full of challenges, we will make history again with the first women’s Origin match in Queensland.”
Details around crowd capacity are still yet to be confirmed, however with crowds attending matches in all three states at the moment, decent in-house audiences are expected for all four games.