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Hold on Newcastle, the PBR Origin Series is riding into town


Saddle up and hold on tight… the 2023 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Australia Monster Energy Tour Origin Series is heading to Newcastle this weekend.

Long-time rivals NSW and Queensland will go head-to-head in the season opener at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Saturday 22 April.

Modelled after the State of Origin rugby league format, the trio of events see a 10-rider roster each represent their states in the ultimate bull riding showdown.

And, sadly, like the NRL showpiece, Team Queensland has dominated the dirt since the concept’s inception in 2019, securing three victories under its belt.

Four-time PBR Australia Champion Aaron Kleier will once again captain the “Maroons”, where he’ll be joined by some of the league’s standout riders including 2021 Rookie of the Year Macaulie Leather.

Singleton’s Cody Heffernan will lead Team NSW into battle this weekend.

Singleton’s Cody Heffernan, the 2022 PBR Australia Champion, is set to lead Team NSW in its quest to claim its maiden series win.

PBR Australia general manager Glen Young said there were multiple new “young guns” joining both line-ups.

“We have three newcomers making their PBR Origin debut with Team Queensland this weekend in Newcastle,” he stated.

“Eighteen-year-old Rylee Ward from New Zealand made his first PBR appearance a few weeks ago at our Winton BAD event and is currently ranked number eight in the national standings.

“Joining him is Jackson Field from Townsville and Zane Hall from Toowoomba, who are both looking to help Team Queensland defend their reigning title.

“As for Team NSW, they’ll be unveiling some ‘new blood, too.

“Five riders will make their Origin debut in Newcastle, including Darcy McBean, Riley Eade, James Stockdale, Toby Collins and Lachlan Burgess.”

With multiple additions for both teams, Young admitted it was “truly anyone’s game” heading into this weekend’s event.

“The new riders on each of the respective sides will really spice up the competition,” he said.

“Both Team Queensland and Team NSW are made up of a combination of newcomers and experienced Origin riders this year, so it will be interesting to see who takes out the win.”

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  • Aaron Kleier 
  • Jackson Gray
  • Jake Curr
  • Kurt Shephard 
  • Lane Mellers
  • Macaulie Leather
  • Kelsey Pavlou
  • Rylee Ward
  • Zane Hall
  • Jackson Field


  • Cody Heffernan
  • Darcy McBean
  • James Stockdale
  • Lachlan Burgess
  • Riley Eade
  • Sam Woodall
  • Thomas Hudson
  • Toby Collins
  • Trefor Sproule
  • Troy Wilkinson

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