Origin 3’s new home closed with Newcastle

State of Origin 3 will be played on the Gold Coast.

The match was originally moved to Newcastle from its first home at the Australia Stadium after the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, but the New South Wales government’s call to ban large crowds across the state to protect areas saw the match move to the Gold Coast.

“We are disappointed that we were unable to grant Newcastle the city’s first state of origin, but we must operate within all state public health orders and the lack of a crowd in Newcastle denying opportunity to our fans from the area,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement.

“The Gold Coast has a very low infection rate and both Origin camps are currently a short drive from Sibus Stadium. This means that neither team will be harmed by the travel.

“This is an exciting result for the Gold Coast. This will be the first time in history that the Gold Coast will host the State of Origin.”

This will be the third game in the series to be played in Queensland, with Game 1 moved from MCG to Townsville and Game 2 played at Suncorp Stadium. However, Abdo said the damage to NSW was an insurmountable problem.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety of the community and the continuation of competition,” he said.

New South Wales is currently leading 2-0 in the series.

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