State of Origin: Australian Sport's Greatest Rivalry
Want to see the biggest rivalry in Rugby League live? State of Origin tickets are hot property especially given the fact that this three-game contest between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons is widely considered one of the biggest matches in the world of rugby, regardless of format. The fact that this is undoubtedly Australian sport's biggest rivalry means that you need to buy State of Origin tickets quickly to avoid disappointment. Since 2006, the Queensland Marrons have won every series except in 2015. New South Wales will be absolutely desperate for revenge and a chance to uplift their fans.
State of Origin history
Whether you side with the Blues or the Maroons, this is your chance to see one of Australia’s biggest sporting events! The players, fans and media of both Queensland and New South Wales are already gearing up for their epic annual showdown and you can be there to witness it! The name State of Origin comes from the fact that players are selected to represent the Australian state in which they played their first senior rugby league game. From 1982 onwards, the State of Origin has been a best-of-three match series and is usually played around the middle of the rugby league season. While it may not have the fanfare of an international tournament, the State of Origin certainly feels like one as some of Australia's biggest rugby and sports stadiums fill with tens of thousands of screaming fans. When the series first began, the results were extremely even and up to 2006 New South Wales were leading Queensland 11-10. However, in recent years, Queensland have dominated the series. Will this be the year that the Blues fight back? Get your State of Origin tickets for all the games.
State of Origin fixtures 2018
An annually played, best-of-three series, the State of Origin is a competition played solely between representatives of New South Wales and Queensland, the two states with the greatest rugby league heritage and culture. Their respective capitals Sydney and Brisbane usually host the State of Origin games. In 2018, Melbourne's iconic MCG will, once again, host the opening game of the series when things kick off on June 6, 2018. The rest of the stadiums are yet to be confirmed, but what is certain is that the atmosphere will, as always, be electric. Rough play and fighting are a part of the series and it’s not uncommon to hear the commentator exclaim that there’s “nothing wrong with that,” when two players start throwing punches.
While the Maroons have historically have tended to come out on top, the Blues have always managed to put up a good fight. Will this be the year the pendulum swings back in New South Wales' favour? Find out in person as here at StubHub you can find State of Origin tickets for all three matches!
For more great rugby competitions, check out the Rugby Championship or Europe's Six Nations.