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State against state, mate against mate, and bucket loads of hate as Australia’s most spiteful sporting rivalry explodes again in Brisbane and Sydney this winter.
In the blue corner, New South Wales. In the maroon corner, Queensland. There’ll be chaos and disorder on both sides of the border, get ready to bleed on either side of the Tweed, prepare for more of this interstate war – ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to rumble!
The Cockroaches and Cane Toads have been tearing strips off each other since 1980 and this winter will be no exception, as the men in sky blue try to loosen Queensland’s vice-like grip on the State of Origin shield for just the second time since 2005.
Whether you’re a died-in-the-wool Queenslander desperate to experience the Cauldron or a brave New South Welshman venturing behind enemy lines, the atmosphere at Suncorp Stadium on Origin nights cannot be matched – and Brisbane City YHA is only a 10-minute stroll to the ground via the infamous Caxton St.
South of the Tweed, ANZ Stadium will be packed to the rafters with 80,000-plus for Sydney’s solitary duel in 2017, as proud Blues from across NSW converge on the Olympic Stadium to battle an army of invading Queenslanders. Book your stay at Sydney Central YHA or Railway Square YHA, both right on Central Station’s doorstep, to be right in the thick of the action.
Wednesday 31 May – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Wednesday 21 June – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Wednesday 12 July – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
For more info, visit the NRL's website.