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Here are the State Of Origin Fixtures & Draw for 2020. The series will be played after the conclusion of the NRL season this year, moved from its normal mid-year schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All three matches will be played on consecutive Wednesday nights in November, with Game 1 on the fourth, Game 2 on the 11th and Game 3 on the 18th. Women’s State of Origin will be played as a standalone fixture on Friday, November 13.
The host venues for all games are still up in the air. The series opener was originally slated to be played in Adelaide, before Sydney hosted Game 2 and Brisbane Game 3, but the NRL will wait until later in the year to confirm where each match will be played.
|Game 1 – Wednesday, November 4|
|Queensland vs NSW||Adelaide Oval||8:15pm||Nine|
|Game 2 – Wednesday, November 11|
|NSW vs Queensland||ANZ Stadium||8:15pm||Nine|
|Women’s game – Friday, November 13|
|Queensland vs NSW||Sunshine Coast Stadium||TBC||Nine|
|Game 3 – Wednesday, November 18|
|Queensland vs NSW||Suncorp Stadium||8:15pm||Nine|
*Important note – while the State of Origin kick-off time is always scheduled for 8:00pm (or 7:50pm, in the case of Game 2, 2019), the actual start time is often far later. The exact kick-off time, after the Australian national anthem is performed, and TV specials are completed, is usually closer to 8:15pm. Origins 1 and 2 in 2015, for example, both kicked off at 8:22pm AEST, however in 2019 the kick-off times were earlier – 8:14, 7:52 and 8:12 across the three matches respectively. Origin 1 in 2019 started at 8:13, Origin 2 at 7:55 and Origin 3 at 8:14.
The 2019 Origin series played host to a couple of firsts: Perth hosted its inaugural Origin match when Game 2 was played at Optus Stadium, and the New South Wales Blues won consecutive series for the first time since the 2005 victory which capped off a three-peat.
|Game 1||Wed Jun 5||8:13 PM||Queensland 18 def New South Wales 14||Suncorp Stadium|
|Game 2||Sun Jun 23||7:55 PM||Queensland 6 def by New South Wales 38||Optus Stadium, Perth|
|Game 3||Wed Jul 10||8:14 PM||New South Wales 26 def Queensland 20||ANZ Stadium|
The 2018 Origin series saw New South Wales claim just their second series victory in the last decade, after strong performances in Game 1 and Game 2 saw them take out the trophy.
|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|
The 2017 series saw the Queensland Maroons defeat the New South Wales Blues two games to one to claim the Origin shield for 2017.
Origin Game One: Queensland vs NSW – Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 8.00pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: NSW Blues 28 defeated Queensland Maroons 4
Origin Game Two: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 8.00pm AEST – ANZ Stadium, Sydney: Queensland Maroons 18 defeated NSW Blues 16
Origin Game Three: Queensland vs NSW – Wednesday 12 July 2017, 8.00pm AEST – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Maroons 22 defeated NSW Blues 6
Games for 2017 had a scheduled kick-off time of 8:00pm AEST, but kicked off far later, with games starting at 8:16, 8:15 and 8:13 for games 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
Origin Game One: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday, 1 June 2016, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: Queensland 6 defeated New South Wales 4
Origin Game Two: Queensland vs NSW – Wednesday, 22 June 2016, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland 26 defeated New South Wales 16
Origin Game Three: NSW vs Queensland – Wednesday 13 July 2017, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: New South Wales 18 defeated Queensland 14
Each Origin series sees either New South Wales Blues or Queensland Maroons play two of the series’ three games at their home ground. 2015 saw the return of Origin football to the MCG, where there was one game. A game in Melbourne has also been confirmed for the 2018 series.
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. The Maroons recaptured the trophy in 2015, earning their ninth win in ten seasons, and followed it up with another series win in 2016.