Posted: 21 November, 2012
by Triple M NRL
ARLC Shows 'True Colours' In Switching Origin Games
The ARLC has taken the money and run with it says Courier Mail journalist Ben Dorries as Sydney is awarded two State of Origin games in 2013.
The ARLC has taken the money and run with it says Courier Mail journalist Ben Dorrries as Sydney is awarded two State of Origin games in 2013.
"The ARL commission has sold Origin to the highest bidder, not content I suppose with the $1 Billion from the media rights deal," Ben Dorries said on Triple M Brisbane.
"Sydney's put in a huge bid for extra State of origin games and the ARLC has taken the money and run so Brisbane was due to host two games next year but instead Sydney will host two games," Ben added.
NRL has confirmed ANZ Stadium will host two games in 2013 as it's 5-year Origin plan is announced at nrl.com.
NSW will host two games in 2013 and 2016 with Queensland hosting tow games in 2014 and 2017 with one game in 2015 to be held at a "neutral venue."
The 2013 Origin Series will see matches at ANZ Stadium on June 5 and July 17 and Suncorp Stadium on June 26.
Despite accusations of robbery from Queensland, acting NRL boss Shane Mattiske said it "allows for a clear cycle of events."
"It is a schedule that puts an end to one state surrendering a game at the expense of another when matches are played at a neutral venue and allows for a clear cycle of events," Mattiske added.
"It's a win for the rugby league heartland in general in all games will be in NSW and Queensland except one in the next 7 years," Ben Dorries told Triple M Brisbane.
LISTEN: Ben Dorries On Origin Switch
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