Rugby League journeyman and former Rams star Noel Goldthorpe has thrown his support behind Origin’s move to Adelaide in 2020, insisting the match will prove a resounding success.
Goldthorpe, who represented NSW on three occasions in Super League’s tri-series of 1997 and City in 1992 and 1993, played for Adelaide in 1998 and has fond memories of his time in the City of Churches.
“Adelaide Oval is a special place to play Rugby League and I have no doubt Origin will be a success there,” Goldthorpe tells NSWRL.com.au.
“It’s a sporty town and the people will get behind Origin there.
“Their knowledge of the game mightn’t be that high but the game itself sells itself and the locals will absolutely support it.”
Goldthorpe, who now works as a group buyer for leisure vehicle manufacturer and distributor Green RV in addition to playing OzTag for Queensland and Australia, says his Adelaide adventure was one of the highlights of his career that also saw him link with Western Suburbs, St George, Hunter and North Queensland.
“Rod Reddy got me to the Rams from St George. It was a different experience – most of the players were from other clubs and were in transit,” Goldthorpe says.
“The town itself is great – there are great restaurants, great nightlife and lots to see and do.
“The people who go down and see Origin there will have a great time. It’ll be interesting which team the locals decide to back.
“I’d love to get down there myself and see it – it’ll be a wonderful spectacle and I have no doubt it’ll be a sell-out.”
Furthermore, Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has labelled Adelaide Oval as "one of the great stadiums of the world".