BREAKING NEWS
$7.1 million Lotto ticket sold in Tauranga ... More soon
Close

Jacob Lillyman wants Origin match held in NZ

Last updated 10:31 04/07/2014
Jacob Lillyman
Getty
AUCKLAND'S CALLING: Queensland and Warriors forward Jacob Lillyman wants league bosses to bring a State of Origin game to New Zealand.

Relevant offers

League

Jeff Robson to partner Shaun Johnson in halves for early Warriors games Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy hopes contract calls will be made before season Benji Marshall tips Russell Packer to star on his return to league action this weekend Warriors a shining light as NRL audit reveals clubs lost $45.5m last year Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei and wife welcome baby daughter to the family Visa drama delays Konrad Hurrell's trip to Sydney for NRL All Stars match Benji Marshall '50-50' about staying with St George Illawarra Dragons in NRL next year South Sydney Rabbitohs to hold off using Sam Burgess in Charity Shield against St George-Illawarra Dragons Mitchell Pearce Roosters teammates cleared by NRL integrity unit after boozy night out Kiwi star's half-sister says she wishes she was dead, not the schoolgirl she ran down

State of Origin in New Zealand?

Not as crazy as it sounds in the opinion of Queensland forward Jacob  Lillyman.

The NRL has already confirmed rugby league's showpiece will return to Melbourne next year with a match to be played at the MCG in 2015 and 2018.

Other venues such as Perth and London have been touted as possible locations for Origin matches as the NRL hopes to use the series to grow the game into new markets.

Lillyman says he'd fully support taking a match to this side of the Tasman.

Since joining the Warriors in 2009, Lillyman says he's witnessed rugby league's profile grow in New Zealand and he's also been impressed by the passion for Origin in his adopted homeland.

''It would be massive. It'd sell out in the click of a finger,'' he said.

''They've got a great venue there in Eden Park that could hold it.

''Honestly, it's so big and I think it'd be massive, especially for rugby league in New Zealand, if they took Origin across there.''

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content