The State of Origin 2017 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. It’s Christmas, Easter, and every other holiday rolled into a 42-day period where three games steal the focus and divide NRL supporters into two groups.
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Whether you bleed maroon or bleed blue, there’s no game quite like State of Origin.
And with the 2017 series kicking off on Wednesday, May 31, you may be asking some questions … who’s playing? What does it all mean? And where can I watch it?
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Origin I — Wednesday, May 31 8pm (AEST), at Suncorp Stadium
Origin II — Wednesday, June 21 8pm (AEST), at ANZ Stadium
Origin III — Wednesday, July 12 8pm (AEST), at Suncorp Stadium
All games will be broadcast live on Channel Nine.
The line-ups named for game one are as follows:
NSW Blues: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jarryd Hayne, 5. Brett Morris, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Boyd Cordner (c), 13. Tyson Frizell. Interchange: 14. David Klemmer, 15. Wade Graham, 16. Jake Trbojevic, 17. Jack Bird. Extended bench: 18 Matt Moylan, 19 Jordan McLean, 20 Jack De Belin
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Queensland Maroons: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Justin O’Neill, 5. Dane Gagai, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Cameron Smith (C), 10. Nate Myles, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14. Michael Morgan, 15. Sam Thaiday, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Jacob Lillyman. Extended bench: 18 Johnathan Thurston
Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton have been named as the referees for Origin I.
Brett Suttor and Chris Butler will be the touch judges.
Bernard Sutton will act as the senior review official in the bunker, and Ben Galea will be the other review official.
THE ODDS (courtesy of UBET)
Origin I: Maroons $1.83, Blues $2
Series: Maroons $1.77, Blues $2.05
THE TALKING POINT
Johnathan Thurston has announced 2017 will be his last year playing representative football.
That means he has a maximum of three State of Origin games left to add to his tally of 36 appearances for Queensland.
He’s been remarkably durable since debuting in 2005 but he’s in danger of missing Origin I as he races to recover from a shoulder injury.
Thurston has been named 18th man for the Maroons, with Anthony Milford named to make his debut at five-eighth.
But if the North Queensland champion can get himself fit enough to convince coach Kevin Walters he will walk into the halves and Milford will be bumped out of the team.
TALE OF THE TAPE
2016 State of Origin series results
Origin I: Maroons 6 (Gagai try; Thurston goal) d Blues 4 (Cordnery try) at ANZ Stadium
Origin II: Maroons 26 (Gagai 3, Oates tries; Thurston 5 goals) d Blues 16 (Frizell, Maloney tries; Reynolds 3, Maloney goals) at Suncorp Stadium
Origin III: Blues 18 (Frizell, Fifita, Jennings tries; Maloney 2, Gallen goals) d Maroons 14 (Inglis, Cooper, Boyd tries; Thurston goal) at ANZ Stadium
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