State of Origin Returns to Perth, Historic New Zealand Clash in Talks
In an exhilarating announcement for WA rugby league fans, the NRL has confirmed the highly-anticipated return of the State of Origin matches to Perth in both 2025 and 2028. The official news, reported on August 6, 2023, has ignited excitement among players, enthusiasts, and officials, as the legendary rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland is all set to reignite at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
As rugby league fans across Australia gear up for the excitement in Perth, more significant development is underway, capturing the attention of sports enthusiasts on both sides of the Tasman. NRL bosses have initiated groundbreaking discussions with Auckland tourism officials, aiming to potentially host a State of Origin match in New Zealand [source: Fox Sports]. The prospect of taking this prestigious rivalry to Auckland’s iconic Eden Park is a dream come true for many rugby league enthusiasts in New Zealand.
Beyond the sporting spectacle, hosting a State of Origin match in Auckland could have far-reaching economic benefits for the city. Rugby league is increasing in popularity in New Zealand, on the back of the New Zealand Warriors achievements so far this season and a State of Origin clash on New Zealand soil would likely attract substantial interest and an influx of tourists from Australia and beyond.
Moreover, a State of Origin match hosted at Eden Park could elevate Auckland’s status as a premier sports destination. The exposure garnered from this high-profile event would highlight Auckland’s world-class facilities and capabilities in hosting major sporting events, potentially attracting further international fixtures in the future.
As the State of Origin series sets its sights on Perth and the prospect of a groundbreaking match in New Zealand looms on the horizon, the Ministry of Sport remains committed to bringing the latest updates and developments in rugby league across both nations.