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Here are the State Of Origin Fixtures & Draw for 2020. The opening match of the series will be played in Adelaide, before Sydney hosts Game 2 and Brisbane Game 3.
Following the success of Perth hosting Origin 2 in 2019, the NRL have announced that a game will once again be played on neutral ground in 2020, with the Adelaide Oval to be the venue for Game 1 on Wednesday, June 3.
The series will then move to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on June 21 for Game 2, making it the third straight year the middle Origin will have been played on a Sunday night, before Game 3 returns to the Wednesday night timeslot at Suncorp Stadium on July 8.
|Game 1||Wed, Jun 3||8:10 PM||New South Wales Blues||Queensland Maroons||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
|Game 2||Sun, Jun 21||7:50 PM||New South Wales Blues||Queensland Maroons||ANZ Stadium, Sydney|
|Game 3||Wed, Jul 8||8:10 PM||Queensland Maroons||New South Wales Blues||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
*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.