Adelaide Oval will reportedly host the first match of the 2020 State of Origin series, which will take place over three consecutive weeks in November.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s State of Origin was pushed back to after the NRL Grand Finals instead of its traditional mid-season slot.
Speaking on Fox League’s NRL 360, rugby league reporter James Hooper revealed the venues and dates for this year’s Origin series. Having never hosted an Origin fixture before, Game 1 will take place at the 53,000-capacity Adelaide Oval.
“The first ever State of Origin game at Adelaide Oval, and that will be November 4,” Hooper said on Monday evening.
“November 11 we will come to Sydney and that will be at ANZ Stadium, and then November 18 up to the Sunshine State at Suncorp Stadium.”
The official announcement will be made on Tuesday, according to Hooper.
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New South Wales are the defending champions, having won State of Origin titles in 2018 and 2019. The Blues have not won three consecutive series since 2005.
Queensland have won 21 of the 38 completed Origin series played since 1982, while New South Wales have managed 15, with two draws.
Despite being riddled with injury throughout the 2020 season, Blues fullback Tom Trbojevic could still feature in November’s Origin series, according to New South Wales coach Brad Fittler.
“He’s a very good player Tom, he is one of the best in the game, so if he is fit and healthy, he gets a start,” Fittler said on Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show.
“We have a 27-man squad, so a lot will be determined over the next six weeks as well.
“See how he goes over the next two games.
“Given the doctor situation, we’ll have a good idea of how Tom is.
“We lean on a lot of the clubs and ask about their players and where they’re at at the moment.
“The strain and the stresses coming from the protocols and how that’s affecting them, that would bring injuries itself, not having the freedoms you’re normally used to.”
After more than two months on the sidelines, Trbojevic is expected to make his NRL return when the Manly Sea Eagles host the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday afternoon.