While the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues prepare to take out the 2018 Holden State of Origin series in front of their home fans, another fierce interstate contest is set to roll into town: the Wheelchair Rugby League Interstate Challenge.
On what is set to be a big weekend for the NSWRL – also featuring the Holden Women’s State of Origin and the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Residents’ clash with Queensland – the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League (NSWWRL) will host its northern rivals for the first time. The match will be played at Sydney Olympic Park’s Quay Centre from 3.30pm on Sunday, 24 June.
The opportunity to play out the states’ famous rivalry on home soil was too good to pass up for NSWWRL Chairman Edie George.
“This is an exciting time for NSWWRL,” George said. “It`s the first time we are hosting the game in NSW since its conception, thanks to the support and backing from David Trodden and the NSWRL.
“We are hoping this will be the biggest event in our calendar year and we aim to use the event to generate exposure and support to grow the game.”
NSW will be looking to continue its dominance over its northern rivals, which has seen the state undefeated in five games since the concept’s beginning in 2015. Coach Brett Clark will once again select a squad primarily from the NSWWRL competition, which was won by the St George Illawarra Dragons in March.
With free entry, fans are encouraged to show their support at the Sydney Olympic Park venue, before heading to Origin II at ANZ Stadium from 7.40pm.