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The State Of Origin Fixtures & Draw for 2019 have been confirmed, with Game 1 to take place in Brisbane, Game 2 in Perth and Game 3 in Sydney.
Following a series victory in 2018, the New South Wales Blues will face a tough task repeating, with two matches in unfamiliar territory to start the series proving a very tough assignment.
|Game 1||Wed Jun 5||8:00 PM||Queensland Maroons||New South Wales Blues||Suncorp Stadium|
|Game 2||Sun Jun 24||7:40 PM (TBC)||Queensland Maroons||New South Wales Blues||Optus Stadium, Perth|
|Game 3||Wed Jul 10||8:00 PM||New South Wales Blues||Queensland Maroons||ANZ Stadium|
*Important note – while the State of Origin kick-off time is always scheduled for 8:00pm (or 7:40pm, 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 2018 the kick-off times were earlier – 8:14, 7:52 and 8:12 across the three matches respectively.
The NRL have announced another game will be played away from the three eastern states in 2020 when the Adelaide Oval hosts its first ever Origin game. It will be either Game 1 or Game 2 of the series.
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.