Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 11 a.m. BST/8 p.m. AEST/6 a.m. ET
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Live Stream: Premier Sports (UK), Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S.), Fox Sports (AUS)
One of the biggest discussion points leading into this year’s three-parter was the news that 10-time State Of Origin winner Johnathan Thurston would play no part in the first match of the series due to a shoulder injury.
The official Queensland Rugby League website confirmed Thurston’s absence on Thursday, and Dominique Loudon of 9 News Gold Coast provided a shot of the statement with quotes from the Maroons talisman
It’s that time of year again where maroon-clad Queenslanders get to lord it over (emotionally) blue New South Welshman. Here’s everything you need to know about viewing tomorrow’s first clash — whether you’re planning to watch live, at the pub, on TV or on the internet.
Below is everything you need to know about watching this year’s State Of Origin – including streaming tips, where to buy tickets and the players on each team.
When is the State Of Origin on?
The first game in the series kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, May 31 at 8pm (AEST).
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Origin II commences on June 21 8pm (AEST), at ANZ Stadium while the decider (hopefully) takes place July 12 8pm (AEST), at Suncorp Stadium.
How to watch State Of Origin on free-to-air TV
The State Of Origin series will be broadcast live on Channel Nine. The actual kick-off is scheduled for around 8.10pm.
How to watch State Of Origin online
The easiest way to watch State Of Origin online is to purchase an NRL Live Pass from Telstra. This app provides live access to every NRL match including State Of Origin. It is compatible with most Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices.
NRL Live Pass either costs costs $99.99 for a full year or $3.99 per week. However, there is a free one-week trial available to new subscribers. This means you can enjoy the first match of State Of Origin free.
For more online viewing options, check out our complete AFL and NRL guide.
How to watch State Of Origin on Foxtel
Fox Sports won’t be showing the match live. Instead, it will be broadcast at 10:00pm. It will be re-broadcast on Thursday June 1 at 12PM and multiple times throughout the week.
How to watch State Of Origin live
2017 State Of Origin series tickets can be purchased through Ticketek. Game 1 is being held at the Suncorp Stadium in QLD. There is a limit of six tickets per customer. Prices start at $100.
How to watch State Of Origin at the pub
If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of a live crowd without paying for stadium seating, a local sports pub is a pretty good bet. Here is a list of venues that will be showing the live broadcast on big screen TVs. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.)
How To Watch State Of Origin If You’re Stuck Overseas
Unfortunately, the aforementioned NRL Live app is region locked and won’t be accessible for users that are not located in Australia. Your best bet is to sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) which will hide the location of your computer and mobile devices.
Alternatively, do some googling to find a sports bar equipped with satellite TV and enquire whether they will be showing the math live. Good luck!
State of Origin teams: NSW lineup
Boyd Cordner (c),
Jack De Belin
State of Origin teams: Queensland lineup
Cameron Smith (C)