The NRL has today revealed that the State of Origin will be heading to Perth for the first time in 2019.
“The NRL can announce that Game II of the 2019 State of Origin series will be played at the new Perth Stadium,” a statement by the National Rugby League reads.
“It will be the first time, barring the 1987 exhibition match in Los Angeles, an Origin match has been played outside of the eastern states of Australia.”
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NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said Origin was the game’s showpiece event and deserved to be showcased to a new market.
“We saw Melbourne embrace State of Origin in 2015 and we expect Perth to do the same in 2019,” Mr Greenberg said.
“By then Perth will have a state-of-the-art facility which will be a fitting new venue for the biggest sporting event in the country.
“Taking Origin to new venues has huge benefits for the game.
“It grows the game in other markets and showcases our premium product to a new audience.
“I’d like to thank the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and the WA Government, as well as Tourism Western Australia for showing such enthusiasm for State of Origin.”