State of Origin
The 2 states competing are of course Queensland (Maroons) and New South Wales (Blues), which is similar to having Yorkshire take on Lancashire.
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State of Origin 2017
The 2017 State of Origin series is the 37th edition of the event and will once again feature 3 matches.
Game 1: Queensland v New South Wales (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) on Wednesday 31st May
Game 2: New South Wales v Queensland (ANZ Stadium, Sydney) on Wednesday 21st June
Game 3: Queensland v New South Wales (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) on Wednesday 12th July
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State of Origin Series
After a slow start the State of Origin series is now one of the major sporting events on the Australian sporting calendar, with up 90,000 in attendance at the games and with millions watching throughout the country.
All 3 of the State of Origin games are shown around the world and are often the most watch rugby league matches of any kind.
Originally seen as a way of giving the top Australian players the chance to impress there international, the series has moved on from that to become something much bigger and is now a must watch for rugby league fans.
The games are played in June and July with all of the participants getting the weekend off before hand, so all of the players are fresh and ready go and often produce some of the sport’s greatest moments.
The tension and excitement from having partisan crowds at these game also helps create an often unmatched level of intensity, which although it can often overspill, when kept in check it creates huge hits and big plays.
Whilst the SOO series has it’s detractors and there is currently a huge debate over the future of the series, there can be no denying that each and every Queensland v New South Wales match is a must watch event and a stand out on the Rugby League calendar.
The Maroons have been the dominant force for well over a decade but that doesn’t stop fans turning up in huge numbers and it doesn’t stop the series from dominating the main stream media in Australia for the 6-8 weeks of event.
That media focus takes the game from been one of pride, interest and enjoyment for Rugby League fans to becoming a part of the culture of Australia- much in the same way the Grand National and FA Cup Final do in the UK. Even outside of the 2 states it is a time when Australia comes together to watch what the best Australian Rugby League players can do.
It is interesting that as the best players in the sport are starting to be spread out amongst a number of countries, the interest in the State of Origin has almost increased, certainly on a global scale with the matches watch by millions around the world.
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