State of Origin

STATE OF ORIGIN VIDEOS

  • Blues announce team for Game III

    1:43
  • 'It was quite an emotional call'

    2:36
  • Slater explains team changes for Game 3

    12:36
  • Same Game Multi

    0:23
  • Kaufusi will miss Origin decider

    0:31
  • Dragons prevail in contentious ending

    1:15

2021 STATE OF ORIGIN FIXTURES

STATE OF ORIGIN HISTORY

Rugby league matches between New South Wales and Queensland have been played for the past century, but it took until 1980 for State of Origin to go from concept to reality.

Prior to that, players represented the state where they played, rather than where they were originally from. Queenslanders were desperate to represent their home state and so State of Origin was born, with Arthur Beetson captain-coaching the Maroons to a 20-10 victory at Lang Park on July 8, 1980.

It took another five years for the Blues to record a series victory under the new Origin selection criteria, with Steve Mortimer leading NSW to a famous win at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

That cemented the legend of State of Origin, and three decades later it remains the ultimate rugby league battle ground, pitting teammates against teammates in a brutal test of a player’s mental and physical abilities.

Check out our State of Origin Index that compares every player, from every game in Origin’s 38 year history.

Previous Winners

YearWinnerWonLost
2020Queensland21
2019New South Wales21
2018New South Wales21
2017Queensland21
2016Queensland21
2015Queensland21
2014New South Wales21
2013Queensland21
2012Queensland21
2011Queensland21
2010Queensland30
2009Queensland21
2008Queensland21
2007Queensland21
2006Queensland21

Wally Lewis Medal Winners

YearPlayerStatePosition
2020Cameron MunsterQueenslandFive-eighth
2019James TedescoNSWFullback
2018Billy SlaterQueenslandFullback
2017Dane GagaiQueenslandWing
2016Cameron SmithQueenslandHooker
2015Corey ParkerQueenslandLock
2014Paul GallenNSWLock/Prop
2013Cameron SmithQueenslandHooker
2012Nate MylesQueenslandSecond-row
2011Cameron SmithQueenslandHooker
2010Billy SlaterQueenslandFullback
2009Greg InglisQueenslandCentre
2008Johnathan ThurstonQueenslandHalfback, five-eighth
2007Cameron SmithQueenslandHooker
2006Darren LockyerQueenslandFive-eighth
2005Anthony MinichielloNSWFullback
2004Craig FitzgibbonNSWLock