Adelaide locked in for 2020 Origin opener

Adelaide locked in for 2020 Origin opener

NRL.com

Tue 15 Sep 2020, 11:10 AM

The venues for the 2020 men’s State of Origin series have been confirmed with the series to kick off in Adelaide for the first time.

The series will then head to Sydney and Brisbane. The women’s Origin match will be held on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The Adelaide game on November 4 is just 10 days after the NRL grand final, with Sydney to host Game II one week later on November 11 and the final match at Suncorp Stadium on November 18.

The Harvey Norman Women’s State of Origin will be held on November 13 at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

The NRL, ARL Commission and various state governments had put in a lot of work to ensure the series could go ahead in three different states, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“State of Origin is the greatest rivalry in Australian sport and Australia’s most watched television event,” Abdo said.

Origin coaches excited for Adelaide

"It transcends the two states and captivates the interests of the entire nation. We are excited to play this historic game in South Australia for the very first time.

“In recent years Origin has captivated Melbourne and Perth and we cannot wait to see how the people of Adelaide respond. The interest from states, outside NSW and Queensland, to host our showpiece event is extraordinary.”

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Blues coach Brad Fittler said he was looking forward to playing in South Australia.

“I’m really looking forward to play in Adelaide for Game One as it’s such a historic venue and then we get the opportunity to play in front of our home fans in Sydney which is something that our players love to do,” he said.

Abdo said the ARLC had made it a priority to ensure all elite women’s domestic matches proceeded as planned.

“To be able to play our third ever women’s Origin match on the Sunshine Coast as originally hoped is incredibly important to us,” he said.

“The women’s game is such an important part of our game and despite the pandemic we will play both NRLW and Women’s Origin this season. In a year full of challenges, we will make history again with the first women’s Origin match in Queensland.”

Abdo said crowd capacities at each venue would be determined before the end of the month. The NRL will work closely with each venue to implement their COVID Safe Plans to ensure a safe environment for all crowds.

The re-scheduled State of Origin matches are as follows:

*** Game I – Wednesday 4th November 2020, Adelaide Oval**
*** Game II - Wednesday 11th November 2020, ANZ Stadium**
*** Game III - Wednesday 18th November 2020, Suncorp Stadium**
*** Women’s SOO – Friday 13th November 2020, Sunshine Coast Stadium**

I think the Adelaide Oval Game is a mistake for this year.

Don’t get me wrong, I have family in Adelaide & I intended going to the match as originally scheduled; but the pandemic stuffed things up completely.

I have little doubt the SA Govt. was originally looking for a heap of interstate visitors to flock to this game & check out Adelaide & its surrounds in the process. As it stands now, that is just not going to happen because of flight reductions, raised fares, and borders still being closed.

They would be better off flicking this game to 2021 or perhaps even 2022.

Why are they playing these games on Wednesdays? Surely the weekends would be the go in the off-season?

Disappointed that origin has killed off the ANZAC test and Oceania Cup

NRL dont want a successful international RL campaign