State of Origin 2019: The annual best of three rugby league football match series between two Australian state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.
The New South Wales Blues head into the 2019 State of Origin series against the Queensland Maroons in the unusual position of defending champions after picking up just their second win in 13 years last year.
The Blues won the two opening games on their way to victory in 2018, and the pressure will be on Brad Fittler’s side this time around to retain their title for the first time since 2005.
The Queensland Maroons will have home advantage on Wednesday with the first game being played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, before the action switches to the Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday 23 June.
The New South Wales Blues took victory in 2018 with an inexperienced team, and Fittler has once again placed his faith in youth, naming five debutants in his squad.
South Sydney pair Cody Walker and Cameron Murray, Canberra Raiders duo Nick Cotric and Jack Wighton and 19-year-old Payne Haas have all been called up for the first time and will be out to make an impression on the big stage.
Danny Buderus at Fox Sports noted how the in-form Walker has already made a good impression with the Blues. Fittler has also kept faith with Nathan Cleary, despite his recent struggles with Penrith Panthers. He said he is happy to stick with the 21-year-old, per Brent Read at The Australian.
Game 1 Wed Jun 5 8:10 PM Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues Suncorp Stadium
Game 2 Sun Jun 23 7:50 PM Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues Optus Stadium, Perth
Game 3 Wed Jul 10 8:10 PM New South Wales Blues Queensland Maroons ANZ Stadium
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