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Perth to host State of Origin in 2019

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by HappilyManly, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Perth to host State of Origin in 2019

    Media Release, NRL
    Fri, Jul 15, 2016 - 11:00AM

    Australian sport's greatest rivalry, State of Origin, will head to Perth for the first time in 2019.

    The NRL can today announce that Game Two of the 2019 State of Origin series will be played at the new Perth Stadium.

    It will be the first time, barring the 1987 exhibition match in Los Angeles, an Origin match has been played outside of the eastern states of Australia.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said Origin was the game's showpiece event and deserved to be showcased to a new market.

    "We saw Melbourne embrace State of Origin in 2015 and we expect Perth to do the same in 2019," Mr Greenberg said.

    "By then Perth will have a state-of-the-art facility which will be a fitting new venue for the biggest sporting event in the country.

    "Taking Origin to new venues has huge benefits for the game.

    "It grows the game in other markets and showcases our premium product to a new audience.

    "I’d like to thank the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and the WA Government, as well as Tourism Western Australia for showing such enthusiasm for State of Origin."

    The announcement was made on the eve of the Telstra Premiership match between Manly and the Warriors at Perth's nib Stadium.

    Perth will also host its first Rugby League Test match on October 15 this year, when Australia play New Zealand at nib Stadium.

    Mr Barnett said holding a State of Origin at Perth Stadium was a huge coup for Western Australia.

    "Arguably Australia's biggest sporting rivalry is that between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons during the State of Origin series," Mr Barnett said.

    "We are expecting thousands of fans to make the trip across the Nullarbor to be at the game and millions more will watch the live television broadcast which gives us the opportunity to show off our transforming city and world-class new stadium to the rest of Australia."

  2. SeaEagle21

    SeaEagle21 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Game 2 of 2019? Hope they are efficient with the new NRL draws from now on.
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    • Mark from Brisbane

      Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

      +19,621 /383
      Just a money making excercise and nothing else,won't grow the game in that AFL heartland at all.

      They are simply hoping about forty thousand fans journey west for the game.

      I can assure you , there will be one that won't bother!!
    • Rusty Cage

      Rusty Cage Active Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I hope that it doesn't start even later in eastern states with time zone differences.
      I'm almost asleep by half time as it is.
    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

      +7,247 /173
      I think it's a good idea.
      Always play the second match at a neutral venue, such as Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch.
      Many New South Welshmen, like myself, don't have the same passion for SOO as do the cane toads. I knocked back a chance to be in the members stand for SOO because I'm no longer passionate about the concept. And Homebush ain't a great ground like Brookie!
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      • Harvies elbow

        Harvies elbow I'm a country member....... " Yes we remember " Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Before Wednesday nights game I'd've said play it on Mars for all I care but that game had some moments. It's all money now so they'll shop it around. Even to Mars...
        TV coverage may be problematic.
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        • Little Grubber Kick

          Little Grubber Kick Well-Known Member

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          Hopefully, it isn't seed for the Perth Sea Eagles 2020!!!!!
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          • Pablo

            Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +2,269 /24
            Give up idiots.
            It won't grow the game. Rugby league is not and never will be a national sport.
            All they are doing is taking the match away from NSW or QLD and punishing those fans.
            Total cash grab and makes the NRL look weak
          • mozgrame

            mozgrame Well-Known Member

            +5,118 /51
            Poor old China misses out again. They would love it up there!
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            • Fluffy

              Fluffy Well-Known Member

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              time zones will be interesting, Kick off will need to be 5pm over there for 8pm eastern. Not sure what size the stadium will be but TV is where the money is at anyway
            • Eric Galt

              Eric Galt Active Member

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              Only 2 hours difference when it's winter (no daylight saving then). Kick off at 6.15 for 8.15 in eastern states. That's what they did for AFL tonight, started in Perth at 6.10pm (8.10 our time).
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