The State of Origin Rugby League 2015 series will be the 35th time series the annual best-of-three rugby league series between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues rugby league teams is played entirely under ‘state of origin’ rules(1980 and 1981 were only 1 game series). It will be the third series to be administered by the Australian Rugby League Commission which was created in a major restructure of the sport’s administration in Australia.
This series will see one game played in each of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with Game II to be
played at the 100,024 capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, while the venues for Games I and III are
still to be decided.
Former Canberra, Queensland and Australian captain Mal Meninga will remain as coach of the
Queensland side, whose eight-year State of Origin series winning streak was ended by New South Wales
last year. The Blues will be coached by former Canberra, NSW and Australia captain Laurie Daley for
a third consecutive year.
The full Queensland and New South Wales teams for the 2015 State of Origin series will be on this
page as soon as they are announced. The teams are traditionally announced on the Monday and Tuesday
evenings the week prior to the Origin fixtures.
Currently, the NSW team is in some flux, with Bulldogs and NSW halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh
Reynolds not displaying the kind of form that saw them win Origin selection in 2014. Injuries to
other key players has put them either in doubt or out for the series, including South Sydney’s Adam
Reynolds, who showed great form in early rounds. It is likely that some combination of Mitchell
Pearce, James Maloney, Hodkinson and Reynolds will make up the NSW halves pairing.
After a strong showing in City-Country, Maloney and Pearce could be the frontrunners for the two
Greg Bird is also in doubt for the Origin series, having been charged by the judiciary for a lifting
tackle in the Anzac Test.
For Queensland, Justin Hodges has made a welcome return to the Broncos after a hamstring injury, and
Will Chambers’ selection in the Australian Kangaroos only strengthens their backline stocks.
Luke Keary, Tepai Moeroa and James Roberts are all in the frame for NSW selection after impressive
starts to the season, though Keary has pulled out of the City Origin side, so is likely to not be a
2014 NSW captain Paul Gallen has also backed St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan to fill the
boots of the departed Jarryd Hayne, who is currently training with the San Francisco 49ers in the
Queensland coach Mal Meninga has insisted loyalty will be key in selecting his Queensland squad,
saying he doesn’t expect too many chances from the 2014 series.
The Roar‘s coverage of the 2015 State of Origin series, including news, previews, video, highlights
and team announcements. We’ll be updating this page daily as the latest State of Origin news breaks
Often considered the pinnacle of Australian rugby league, State Of Origin is one of Australia’s
premier sporting events, often played in front of sold-out stadiums. The series itself is contested
between New South Wales and Queensland, who have formed an epic rivalry that has seen the series
produce the toughest and most skilful Rugby League in the world. Since its inception in 1980, the
results between NSW and QLD have been extraordinarily even, adding further emphasis to the
competition’s success. Overall the Maroons have won 22 series compared to the Blues 13 after NSW
sealed the 2014 series in Game 2 – breaking Queensland’s streak of eight straight wins.
In the lead-up 2015 State of Origin series, let’s consider the history. NSW have finally ended the
hoodoo against the great Queensland side. However, the Maroons still had a point to prove after
losing the opening game of the series at Suncorp. And prove it they did, with a thumping 32-8 result
at Suncorp Stadium. Nevertheless, Paul Gallen held the trophy high at Suncorp, and we’re set for a
cracking 2015 series.