Game one of the State of Origin, the epic NRL battle between the Blues (NSW) and the Maroons (QLD) takes place Wednesday morning, 5:30am ET (2:30am PT) in the USA. In case you don’t know (or have forgotten), the series pits the two classic rivals against each other in a 3-match battle usually split between each state’s home ground.
This match, however, will be played in Melbourne, which is something of an anomaly (though it has occurred before, most notably in the series decider of 2006). Anecdotally, we’ve heard that reporters from The Age have been falling short on their NRL info – making a few mistakes, among them noting that the match is between Queensland and New Zealand. Whether typo or not, there is definitely some discussion going on right now about whether games should take place in Victoria if neither team plays there.
Either way, since New South Wales hasn’t won a series in 6 years (this win would be 7th in a row for Queensland), this is certainly one to watch – and this is how you can do so in the USA:
- FOX Soccer Plus, who have been airing AFL and regular season NRL games this year will be airing the game live at 5:30am ET. They will also air the game on delay Wednesday night at 8:00pm ET. It’s not actually on the schedule, so don’t bother looking for it, but trust us – it’s there. The channel is available on DirecTV (channel 619), Dish Network, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse.
- For those of you who don’t have access to those cable networks, this website, which we have not verified, looks like it probably will display the game – though we cannot guarantee that it is legal or high quality. We don’t recommend it.
If you have a tip for other Aussies on watching the State of Origin, let us know. In the meantime, Carn the Blues!
[UPDATE] Aussies take note: from amnrl.com:
The recent partnership between the AMNRL and Los Angeles Sport and Entertainment giant Grand Prix Rugby could see the popular Rugby League series (held annually in Australia) return to foreign shores in the future. The one and only State of Origin match between Queensland and New South Wales played in America took part in 1987 in Long Beach, California.