Sydney (NSW stadium) is ready to host all three 2020 State of Origin games, as Queensland’s premier continues to say she does not want to have any fixtures played in the state.
Plans are already underway which could see all three matches of this year’s series played at Bankwest Stadium, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said that she doesn’t want the state to host games, but also says she won’t make special arrangements for the state’s three NRL clubs to travel interstate to play fixtures.
That would mean that for Origin to be played, the Maroons would have to bolt down in NSW and play all three games in enemy territory.
That stance drew criticism from Blues coach Brad Fittler, who said:
“I was amazed at the comments of the Queensland premier, trying to knock it on the head straight away.
I’ve never heard any Queenslander speak like that about State of Origin.
I will just do whatever it takes. 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.”
That’s what NSWRL boss Dave Trodden wants to happen.
Trodden, who has the support of NSW deputy premier John Barilaro, told The Daily Telegraph that Origin would be played.
One option thrown up is basing the Queensland side at Panthers Academy and playing all the games at Bankwest Stadium.
“Priority number one is when we play the three games” Trodden said.
Maroons coach Kevin Walters said he would be happy to base his side in NSW for the series.
But the Queensland mentor also made the point that the safety of the players was the number one priority.
“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 NSW stadium, 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.”
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