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State of Origin goes from the MCG to Townsville after Victorian Covid outbreak

Admits the recent Victorian Covid-19 outbreak, it was announced on Monday that the MCG was no no longer feasible to host the NRL State of Origin series opener, so a decision was made to head North to Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville. This will mean that the Queensland Maroons will take home field advantage to games 1 and 2 of the series. NSW coach Brad Fittler was accepting of the changes, as NRL CEO Andrew Abdo suggested that “fairness for both teams was factored into making the decision”.

Country Bank Stadium in Townsville

Abdo added that the Queensland Government’s preference was to play the game in Townsville rather than holding consecutive Origin fixtures at Suncorp Stadium.

“We’re just over a week to go so we need to think about what’s best for the continuity of the competition. But we also need to think from the perspective of selling out Townsville and getting fans in an area that have never seen a State of Origin game before”.

NSW are looking forward to bouncing back in 2021 after their surprise loss to QLD in 2020.

NSW forward Cameron Murray stated that the change would not have too much of an impact of the blues mindset heading into game one. Murray commented “its not something I’m thinking about or have paid much attention to. We’re not too worried about it. If we have to go up there then so be it. It doesn’t change how we’re going to play.”

NSW forward Cameron Murray

The opening game of the 3 match series kicks off on Wednesday the 9th of June.