As the dust settles on an enthralling State of Origin series-opening match played out at the MCG, we take a look at the forgotten aspect of rugby league at this time of year: the premiership.
On this week’s NRL Dead In Goal podcast, our hosts James Smith and Jeff Centenera discuss the dramatic changes State of Origin has undergone in recent years, and the sport’s place in the Australian sportscape.
Jeff Centenera discusses how Origin makes him imagine a different rugby league – one where teams are picked from a much bigger talent pool. Would this bring NRL up to Origin standard, or would Origin just float up the quality scale even further?
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Meanwhile, having attended Game 1 himself, James Smith talks about Origin as an event – and how Melbourne nailed it as a Mate vs Mate host … To think there are some out there who still doubt the need to transplant Origin into a foreign state for one night every few years.
As well, we test the temperature of our loyal listeners as far as Origin 1 is concerned. Their real-time reactions paint a very bright picture for the future of interstate rugby league … being played interstate. Check out this week’s episode right now!