Kevin Walters and Brad Fittler, the coaches of State of Origin live (QLD vs NSW live), will do whatever it takes to get the all three-game series played in 2020.
All the planning of QLD vs NSW live is already underway for NSW to host all three State of Origin live matches in 2020, with Bankwest Stadium the likely host the matches.
According to the Daily Telegraph’s reporting, decision makers are currently drawing up plans for the landmark series of QLD vs NSW live, which draws in more than $100 million of revenue for the NRL each and every year, to continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.
This news comes in the wake ago of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declaring her state won’t be willing to host any State or Origin live games until at least December this year, due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission on her state.
According to the report Dave Trodden, NSW Rugby League boss, has declared, they don’t have the same issue as Queensland as well. He also assure that State of Origin live should be held on this year. Also he declared to host all three QLD vs NSW live match of State of Origin live series if Queensland do not want to play games on their land or can’t.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, The Queensland premier, has also insisted about State of Origin live match that she won’t make any special arrangements for her state’s NRL clubs or any other to travel interstate to play State of Origin matches, in 2020. Which means, the Maroons would likely have to base themselves in NSW for the series to go ahead and play the match.
Kevin Walters, Maroons coach, has already declared his opinion which is he’d happily base his team out of Sydney in this year in order to keep the series alive.
Fittler hits back at Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Queensland premier, about QLD vs NSW live series.
Brad Fittler, NSW coach, declared about State of Origin live which is he will do anything it takes to get QLD vs NSW live will played in this year, saying he became amazed at comments from the Queensland government suggesting the series won’t go ahead at all.
Earlier this week Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier, said that she doubts the NRL’s showpiece event can be played during a pandemic situation in Australia, but said she had her fingers crossed for December in this year.
This comment drew the ire of Fittler, Blues legend, and he said that he can’t understand that attitude to a State of Origin series at all as the Australian rates of coronavirus infection continue to drop and the NRL aims for a May 28 restart this year.
“I was amazed at the comments of the Queensland premier, trying to knock it on the head straight away,” on Wednesday he told this to Wide World of Sports radio.
“I’ve never heard any Queenslander speak like that about State of Origin.”
Contingency plans drawn up about State of Origin live matches
As the NRL begins their planning for an ambitious bid to restart the QLD vs NSW live next month in this year, this contingency plans are being made around the State of Origin.
The NRL has already confirmed their plans for State of Origin live 2020 to be played in the traditional three-game format in this season.
Border restrictions with health issue and safety obligations will be the biggest hurdles to overcome to play the State of Origin 2020 live, and the NRL could wait to hold this game until the end of the year to increase the likelihood of getting a crowd and overcome from this COVID 19 crisis.
Both the coaches Fittler, Kevin Walters have said they would be willing to play all three games of QLD vs NSW live in Sydney this year if needed.
“I will just do whatever it takes,” Fittler said.
“I will play whenever they ask me to play, I’ll be as prepared as I can be.
“Whatever we have to do to get the game played and people in blue jerseys and maroon jerseys.”
Maroons will be happy to be based in NSW for State of Origin 2020
When Walters Speaking on Fox on Wednesday night, he said that he could understands Palaszczuk’s concern for the community health, but should the Maroons need to base out of Sydney al all, he’d be happy to do it if needed.
“I’m like everybody else in Queensland, obviously I’m a huge Origin fan, but we’ve got to listen to our leaders and certainly at the moment you would suggest that Origin wouldn’t be able to be played,” he said.
“We will go anywhere to play Origin, but if we had to travel to Sydney and play three games in Sydney, we’re all for that as well.
“The main thing is from my perspective being the Queensland coach, is to get State of Origin back at some stage this season when it’s safe and the community is safe to come along and have a look.”