Tommy Raudonikis becomes the first Blues former player to Coach the NSW State of Origin team in 1997.
In 2014, New South Wales and Queensland will celebrate the 100th State of Origin (Game One in Brisbane) to be played since the inception of the Origin format in 1980.
To mark the occasion, the New South Wales Rugby League is asking YOU to select the greatest Blues moment in Origin history.
From the moment Tommy Raudonikis led the Blues onto Lang Park for the inaugural interstate contest, State of Origin has produced some of the most iconic moments in Rugby League history.
Whether you were watching on television or cheering from the front row, who will ever forget Michael O’Connor slotting the match-winning conversion in driving rain in 1991, Andrew Johns returning to deliver one of the best individual performances we’ve ever seen in 2005, or Steve ‘Turvey’ Mortimer dropping to his knees and kissing the hallowed SCG turf after the Blues’ first series victory in 1985.
But they are just three great Blues moments. Over 100 days leading up to Game One in Brisbane, we’ll be highlighting one moment per day which will serve as a nomination for the greatest Blues Origin moment. We will then turn the decision over to the fans to decide the top ten Blues Moments from a century of Origin clashes.
Voting will open on May 28 (Game One) and close on June 18 (Game Two at ANZ Stadium). Nominations will be posted on the New South Wales Rugby League website, Twitter and Facebook pages and can be discussed using the hashtag #blues100.
We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane and here’s hoping the NSW VB Blues can add to the memories in 2014!