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Newcastle to host Women’s State of Origin showdown


Newcastle’s desire to host a Women’s State of Origin fixture has become a reality.

The NRL confirmed on Monday 13 November that McDonald Jones Stadium will stage the second game of the three-match series on Thursday 6 June.

A few months ago, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes indicated City of Newcastle (CN) was interested in accommodating a clash between the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons in the former steel city.

The move, via a Lord Mayoral Minute, followed the success of fixtures at CommBank Stadium, in Parramatta, and Queensland Country Bank Stadium, in Townsville.

The historic 2024 Women’s State of Origin series, which will be played over three showdowns for the first time, kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday 16 May.

The potential decider is slated for Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Thursday 27 June.

“The biggest sporting rivalry in the country will get even bigger next season,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“Three men’s games, for the first time three women’s games, and the continuation of the successful under-19s matches will make 2024 the biggest in the history of State of Origin.

“The Commission has invested heavily and supported the growth of the women’s game.

“So, I am really pleased for fans and players that we now have a three-match series.

“The women’s game will continue to grow and flourish.”

Men’s State of Origin series

  • Game One, Accor Stadium, Wednesday, 5 June
  • Game Two, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Wednesday, 26 June
  • Game Three, Suncorp Stadium, Wednesday, 17 July

Women’s State of Origin series

  • Game One, Suncorp Stadium, Thursday, 16 May
  • Game Two, McDonald Jones Stadium, Thursday, 6 June
  • Game Three, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Thursday, 27 June

U/19’s State of Origin series

  • U/19’s Men’s State of Origin, Leichhardt Oval, Thursday, 20 June
  • U/19’s Women’s State of Origin, Leichhardt Oval, Thursday, 20 June

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