ARLC To Switch State Of Origin Matches From Brisbane To Sydney
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