State Of Origin Queensland v NSW 2021 Predictions & Tips

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Find the latest special offers, betting tips and general info for the 2021 State of Origin series between Queensland and New South Wales with's ultimate guide to betting on State of Origin.

State of Origin is one of the most entertaining and brutal series of matches in world sport. These guys are team-mates one week, then mortal enemies the next. If you don’t quite understand what I mean, check out the video below. You soon will.

It’s safe to say that rugby league fans around the world get just excited about State of Origin than they do following their own team. There is something about two teams going hell to leather against each other for the honour of the state they were born in.

Queensland v NSW State of Origin Game 1 Predictions & Tips (Wednesday 11:10 GMT)

Queensland ended a run of two years without a series win as they won the 2020 State of Origin series 2-1 the Maroons winning the third game and decider 20-14 with Valentine Holmes, Edrick Lee and Harry Grant all crossing for tries. Both teams have been hit with injury problems ahead of game one, but coaches Paul Green and Brad Fittler still have strong squads to choose from. Queensland have been rocked with Kalyn Ponga and Reed Mahoney dropping out, while Ben Hunt could be in line for a shock appearance after earning a late call-up on the extended bench. AJ Brimson is still expected to start at full-back despite training with a full knee brace on. New South Wales are crossing their fingers that Payne Haas (knee), James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr (both hip) will be fully fit. The Blues will have three debutants starting the game with Penrith Panthers trio Jarome Luai, Brian To’o and Liam Martin all tasting origin footy for the first time. The Blues may have the better individual players in their starting line-up, but I think that could be their downfall. Instead of selecting the best players in the right positions, they have named the best players and playing a number of them out of position. Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic are three of the best full-backs in the game, but two of them will be playing out of position in the centres with Tedesco taking the number one jersey. On paper, it looks like they have the best team, but playing in the centres is totally different than full-back and I cannot see Turbo Tom and Latrell being as influential. Also, Jake Trbojevic will start at prop, he is a quality back-row forward, but I don’t think he is big enough to cause the Maroons any problems up front. I think playing players out of position will be New South Wales’ downfall. I am backing the Maroons to win game one by 1-5 points with Dane Gagai shaking off his recent bug to cross over for the opening try.

Our 2021 State of Origin: Queensland v New South Wales Betting Offers

The State of Origin will see Queensland and New South Wales battle it out in a three-game series. Bookmakers will produce various offers and price boosts on the 2021 State of Origin Series. Keep an eye on this section for all the top offers available as we build up to this eagerly awaited series.

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The History Of State Of Origin

Before 1980, State of Origin wasn’t seen as the big deal it is today. From 1908 the interstate series between Queensland and New South Wales saw players selected for the state they played their rugby league in, rather than where they were born.

With all the top players wanting to play their club rugby in Sydney, New South Wales had the pick of the best when it came to the interstate games. By 1956, New South Wales had won 75% of the games with Queensland taking only 25%.

During the 1970s, the interest in the interstate series had dwindled a lot. No one in New South Wales and Queensland were interested because of the one-sided nature of the games.

The idea of playing a three-match series with Queensland allowed to select players playing in Sydney was agreed on with the first two games acting as a trial for selection to the Australia national team.

The 1980 interstate series saw the first two games being played under the normal rules, while a third game named ‘State of Origin’ was to take place in Queensland and was played under the new selection rules. The Sydney media didn’t believe it would work, but over 33 thousand fans turned up to Lang Park in Brisbane to see Arthur Beetson – who had played for NSW on 18 occasions – make his Queensland debut at the age of 35.

You could see the pride leaping out of his chest as he finally got to represent the state he was born in and the Maroons ended up winning the game 20-10 and that was how State of Origin was born.

Every Queenslander wanted to play for their state now and they took immense pride in doing so. A lot of players in the past had admitted they would rather play State of Origin than actually play for Australia.

The three-game State of Origin series is still going strong in 2021 and we are once again in for a treat when the Blues and Maroons literally lock horns. Money and trophies mean nothing in this game, State of Origin is all about pride – it’s as simple as that.

State Of Origin Schedule

Game 1

Queensland vs New South Wales – Wednesday, June 9 @ Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Game 2

Queensland vs New South Wales – Sunday, June 27 @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Game 3

New South Wales v Queensland – Wednesday, July 14 @ Stadium Australia, Sydney

State of Origin: Queensland v New South Wales Squads

New South Wales Blues Origin squad

James Tedesco, Brian To’o, Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic, Josh Addo-Carr, Jarome Luai, Nathan Cleary, Daniel Saifiti, Damien Cook, Jake Trbojevic, Cameron Murray, Tariq Sims, Isaah Yeo, Jack Wighton, Junior Paulo, Payne Haas, Liam Martin, Api Koroisau, Campbell Graham, Keaon Koloamatangi

Queensland Origin squad

Jai Arrow, AJ Brimson, Kurt Capewell, Daly Cherry-Evans, Xavier Coates, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Kyle Feldt, David Fifita, Moeaki Fotuaika, Dane Gagai, Harry Grant, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Felise Kaufusi, Reed Mahoney, Cameron Munster, Joe Ofahengaue, Jaydn Su’A, Christian Welch

2021 State of Origin Series Betting Tips FAQ

  • Who are the best bookies for the State of Origin Series?

The majority of bookmakers tend to offer plenty of enhancements and price boosts for the majority of matches, but in particular, both Sky Bet and Paddy Power tend to go that extra mile for their customers, offering points victories and a range of different players to score tries in the game as well as plenty of other markets and prop bets on the event. In the week leading up to the Origin matches, these two bookmakers also offer enhanced specials on a number of different markets.

  • How can I watch the State of Origin in the UK?

All three State of Origin matches will be shown live on Sky Sports. The opening game will be held in Townsville on Wednesday, June 9. The second game will remain in Queensland when the Suncorp Stadium is the venue on Sunday, June 27, before the series comes to a close in Sydney on Wednesday, July 14 at Stadium Australia.

  • What countries can I watch State of Origin in?

The 2021 Ampol State of Origin series will be broadcast live nationally on the Nine Network and 9Now, Sky Sport in New Zealand and Watch NRL internationally.

International Coverage:

Watch NRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions

Fox Sports 2 US

Sky UK

Fox Sports Asia

TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)

BeIN Sports (France)

Fox Netherlands

ESPN Africa

Rogers (Canada)

Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)