BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08:  Josh Papalii of the Maroons scores a try during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 8, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

State of Origin Fever

The State of Origin series is the annual best-of-three Australian rugby league football match series between two state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.[1]

Referred to as Australian sport’s greatest rivalry,[2][3][4][5][6] the State of Origin series is one of Australia’s and the region’s premier sporting events, attracting huge television audiences and usually selling out the stadiums in which the games are played.[7] Despite the existence of international tournaments and State of Origin being a domestic competition, it is frequently cited as being the highest-level of rugby league played anywhere in the world.[8][9][10][11]

Players are selected to represent the Australian state in which they played their first senior rugby league game, hence the name ‘state of origin’. Prior to 1980 players were only selected for interstate matches on the basis of where they were playing their club football at the time. In both 1980 and 1981 there were two interstate matches under the old selection rules and one experimental “State of Origin” match. From 1982 onwards a best-of-three match series has been played around the middle of the rugby league season for the State of Origin shield. Since its inception, total victories for each side were once extraordinarily even, however between 2006 and 2013 Queensland won every series. New South Wales reclaimed the series shield in 2014, putting an end to their opposition’s record of eight series wins in a row. Queensland reclaimed the Shield in 2015.


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