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Adelaide Likely To Host State Of Origin Game One

Adelaide Likely To Host State Of Origin Game One

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delaide Oval is expected to keep its hosting rights for game one of the 2020 State of Origin series, with both sides to fly in and out of South Australia on game day.

The Australian’s Brent Read said the NRL will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss a number of issues including the location of game one, telling Triple M’s The Saturday Scrum Adelaide will likely be locked in as the host.

“There’s a huge NRL Commission meeting on Thursday,” Read said.

“It’s a big one there across a whole range of issues, State of Origin is one of them.

“I expect that they will confirm Adelaide at that meeting on Thursday.

“The unique thing about Adelaide is this will be a fly-in, fly-out Origin game.

“The teams fly in on the day and fly out at night because that’s the path it’s heading down at the moment,” he said, discussing the partnership the NRL and the South Australian Government made two years ago for the state to host the 2020 series opening game.

“They’re planning to have squads of about 24 for the Origin series or a few more than that potentially,” Read said, discussing the measures the NRL will put in place to ensure the biosecurity measures are adhered to.

“In terms of the venues, that will get decided on Thursday and then they’ll spend the next few weeks nutting out exactly how it will all play.

“I think they’re pretty optimistic they’ll at least be able to half fill [Adelaide Oval] by then.

“Obviously that’s crucial for them because it’s worth so much money for them Origin to get the corporates and people through the gates.

“It’s a huge meeting on Thursday because Andrew Abdo is making a presentation there.

“I would expect that Andrew will be confirmed as the new Chief Executive of the NRL on Thursday.

“He’s done a pretty good job Andrew, so it’s a massive day on Thursday for the game,” he said.

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