THE NRL have announced that the game’s showpiece event, State of Origin, will be heading to Western Australia in 2019.
The governing body have made the decision to take Game Two of the 2019 series to Perth where it will be staged at the city’s new stadium.
This will mark the first time since 1987 (Los Angeles) that the game will be played outside the eastern states.
“We saw Melbourne embrace State of Origin in 2015 and we expect Perth to do the same in 2019,” Todd Greenberg said.
“By then Perth will have a state-of-the-art facility which will be a fitting new venue for the biggest sporting event in the country.
“Taking Origin to new venues has huge benefits for the game.
“It grows the game in other markets and showcases our premium product to a new audience.
“I’d like to thank the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and the WA Government, as well as Tourism Western Australia for showing such enthusiasm for State of Origin.”