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New South Wales early favourites to claim the 2018 State of Origin title

Posted on 16/02 by Joe Gann

New South Wales early favourites to claim the 2018 State of Origin title
The NSW Blues, guided by new coach Brad Fittler are the early favourites to claim this year's series

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The State of Origin will be showcased in Adelaide in 2020 as the NRL continues its quest to bring the Rugby League centrepiece to all corners of the country.

With Melbourne set to host the opening clash of this year’s series, followed by a Perth debut in 2019, Adelaide has become the latest City to sign up to stage the event for the first time in its history.

Despite AFL being the sport of choice in the City of churches, the Roosters and Storm game last year attracted an encouraging crowd of 21,000 at the Oval and the NRL see the potential for a sell-out for the confirmed Origin game. The South Australian government will no doubt be angling for the game to be one of the opening two of the series, to eliminate the risk of the fixture being a dead-rubber, the fact that game one is to be held at the MCG this year will surely strengthen those claims.

With the Allianz and ANZ stadiums scheduled for redevelopment, it is an ideal opportunity for to governing body to continue with their plans for expansion into neutral areas of the country. There would be no shortage of offers from cities around the nation keen to benefit from the cash injection to the local economy that the series brings, with New Zealand even being cited as a possible future location.

The record-breaking crowd of 91,513 that packed into the Melbourne venue for game two of the 2015 contest is evidence to the game's ruling body that third city venues are a lucrative option.

New South Wales Blues are the $1.70 favourites to claim the 2018 State of Origin title.

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