North Queensland vying for State of Origin fixture
Showcasing State of Origin in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide has fueled a push to schedule an Origin match in North Queensland.
Queensland leader of Katter’s Australian Party, Robbie Katter, is leading the campaign to bring the most high-profile rugby league fixture to Townsville.
“The game to me is about bringing it to the people. Paying tribute to those people who built the game up,” Mr Katter told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cam Reddin.
Not until 2022 will all three Origin games be played between New South Wales and Queensland.
Critics of the travelling Origin series have claimed the NRL is forgetting to reward those who helped make the series what it is today.
Earlier this year, Mr Katter wore a Maroon armband into state Parliament to raise awareness of his cause.
“[Playing Origin interstate] seems like it’s all part of a marketing tool. You want to reward people that understand and love the game. We’re made to travel around the country now to go and watch these games,” he said.
Game 2 will be played in Perth next year. After that, Adelaide and Melbourne will play hosts to future Origin clashes.
STATE OF ORIGIN ON TOUR:
- 2018 – Game 1 in Melbourne
- 2019 – Game 2 in Perth
- 2020 – Either Game 1 or 2 in Adelaide
- 2021 & 2025 – One game each in Melbourne
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