The NSWRL is pleased to announce the 2020 State of Origin Series and Women’s State of Origin match will be held in November over a blockbuster 14-day period with both the men’s and women’s teams having the chance to defend their respective shields.
The dates for the games had to be shifted because of the Coronavirus crisis that shut down the NRL competition and the decision to hold them after the NRL Grand Final on October 25 has been made in careful consideration with the Federal and State Governments.
The new dates for the matches will be:
Origin I – Wednesday 4 November
Origin II – Wednesday 11 November
Women’s State of Origin – Friday 13 November
Origin III – Wednesday 18 November
“We have always maintained that Origin is on this season and today’s announcement is a great result for fans of the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues,” said NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden.
“Holding the series at the end of the season will present a new challenge for Brad Fittler and his coaching staff and the players but I’m confident they will meet it and do everything they can to make it three series wins in a row.
“I’m also pleased that the NSW Women’s Origin team will get a chance to defend the shield they fought so hard to win for the past two seasons.
“Origin is the showpiece event for Rugby League and I can think of no better way to end the season.”
A decision on venues and crowds has yet to be finalised and further information will be announced in the near future.
The NRL and the NSWRL understands these changes to the schedule will impact many but hope the community will understand that the public health and safety issues caused by the Coronavirus take priority at this time.