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Welcome to The Roar‘s coverage of the 2021 State of Origin series, including news, previews, video, highlights and team announcements. Queensland are the defending champions in both competitions, having won the 2020 men’s series 2-1 and the standalone women’s match.
The 2021 series will return to its tradition mid-year timeslot after the previous iteration was held after the NRL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the official dates and times for the series are yet to be confirmed, the timing of bye weeks in the NRL and Representative Round indicate Game 1 will be played on June 9, Women’s Origin on June 25, Game 2 on June 27 and Game 3 on July 14. Venues for all four matches haven’t been announced.
|Game 1||Wed, Jun 9||MCG|
|Women’s Origin||Fri, Jun 25||TBC|
|Game 2||Sun, Jun 27||Suncorp Stadium|
|Game 3||Wed, Jul 14||Stadium Australia|
2020 State of Origin series
Unique in that it was played on consecutive Wednesdays in November due to the pandemic, the 2020 State of Origin series was won 2-1 by Queensland, with Cameron Munster winning the Wally Lewis medal for player of the series.
The Maroons won Game 1 18-14, the Blues cruised to a 34-10 victory in Game 2, and Queensland sealed the series with a 24-18 win in the decider in Game 3.
|Game 1||Wed, Nov 4||Queensland 18 def. NSW 14|
|Game 2||Wed, Nov 11||NSW 34 def. Queensland 10|
|Women’s Origin||Fri, Nov 13||Queensland 24 def. NSW 18|
|Game 3||Wed, Nov 18||Queensland 20 def. NSW 14|
2019 State of Origin series
The NSW Blues won the 2019 State of Origin series thanks to a last-minute try by player of the series James Tedesco.
That try saw the Blues secure a 26-20 victory after scores were level with just moments to go in the match, and brought NSW back-to-back series wins for the first time since 2005.
NSW had previously recorded a dominant victory in Game 2 by 32 points in Perth, after Queensland won the series opener in Brisbane 18-14.
|Game 1||Wed Jun 5||8:10 PM||Queensland 18 def New South Wales 14||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|Game 2||Sun Jun 23||7:50 PM||New South Wales 38 def Queensland 6||ANZ Stadium, Homebush|
|Game 3||Wed Jul 10||8:10 PM||New South Wales 26 def Queensland 20||ANZ Stadium, Homebush|
2018 State of Origin series
The 2018 State of Origin series was won 2-1 by New South Wales, the Blues lifting the Origin Shield for the first time since 2014 thanks to wins in Games 1 and 2.
Queensland restored some pride in the final match of the 2018 State of Origin series, defeating the NSW Blues 18-12 at Suncorp Stadium.
In his final year of Origin, Maroons fullback Billy Slater was controversially awarded the Wally Lewis Medal for the best player of the series despite missing Game 1 through injury.
The fixtures and results for the 2018 State of Origin series were as follows:
|Game 1||Wed Jun 6||8:00 PM||New South Wales 22 def Queensland 12||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Game 2||Sun Jun 24||7:40 PM||New South Wales 18 def Queensland 14||ANZ Stadium, Homebush|
|Game 3||Wed Jul 11||8:00 PM||Queensland 18 def New South Wales 12||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|