The ANZ Stadium in Sydney "is set to host two State of Origin matches next season after a decision to reverse the order and switch a game from Brisbane to Sydney," according to Brad Walter of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.
The scheduling of Origin fixtures is one of the main items on the agenda at Tuesday's Australian Rugby League Commission meeting, but Fairfax Media has been told that New South Wales "will be awarded two home matches next season and Queensland two the following year." The move follows a concerted campaign by the Blues to "switch the order of matches after the opening game of this year's series was shifted from Sydney to Melbourne." The other main item on the agenda at Tuesday's monthly meeting of the eight commissioners is "whether to ban the contentious shoulder charge." The ARLC "ordered a crackdown by the match review committee and judiciary panel on shoulder charges that connected with an opposing players head late last season, and opinion is divided over whether they should outlaw the tactic altogether" (SMH, 11/20
National Rugby League St. George Illawarra Dragons have confirmed a long-term agreement with Venues New South Wales over the use of WIN Stadium, Wollongong. NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley said the deal includes an "initial commitment of five years with a further five year option" (Dragons). ... Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in the south of France and Dubai in the UAE have both collected awards from the Int'l Association of Golf Tour Operators at the Int'l Golf Travel Market in Portugal. Terre Blanche, one of the European Tour’s network of Tour Destinations, has been voted IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year with Dubai receiving the accolade of Golf Destination Of The Year Africa, Indian Ocean and Gulf States (European Tour).