NSW pull off 2013 State of Origin hosting coup

Last updated 15:12 20/11/2012

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The ARL Commission (ARLC) has announced a five-year schedule for State of Origin and confirmed NSW will host two matches in 2013 at ANZ Stadium.

Queensland were originally slated for two home games next year, but that decision has been reversed, with the Maroons to host two matches at Suncorp Stadium in 2014 and 2017.

NSW will will also get two home encounters in 2016 with a neutral venue to be used for one fixture in 2015.

Discussions are taking place with the Victorian Major Events Company about Melbourne hosting the match.

The schedule ensures that from 2010-2017, each state will have hosted one 'two-game-series' in every three years.

"The five-year schedule provides certainty for fans in each state while recognising the value of Origin on the Australian sporting calendar," said ARLC interim chief executive Shane Mattiske.

"It is a schedule that puts an end to one state surrendering a game at the expense of another when matches are played at a neutral venue and allows for a clear cycle of events.

"This has been a thorough process that has involved extensive negotiation and I would like to thank the NSW, Queensland and Victorian governments for the way in which those negotiations have taken place.

"Both the NSW and Queensland governments have backed the schedule and each has expressed a strong commitment to supporting rugby league.

"This is a schedule that steps back from past arguments about which state has hosted the most games to provide a fair outcome for both."

The 2013 Origin series will feature matches at ANZ Stadium on June 5 and July 17 and Suncorp Stadium on June 26. 

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