State of Origin Series 2023 Overview
What is the State of Origin series?
State of Origin is a best-of-three rugby league series played annually between two Australian state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. Played in the middle of every NRL season, the best players from the entire competition form the two state sides, making it the pinnacle of rugby league each and every year.
State of Origin: A Brief History
Debuting in 1980, State of Origin is one of the must-see events on the Australian sporting calendar, attracting millions of viewers worldwide. The NSW and Queensland rivalry is among the fiercest in world sport, with the State of Origin shield among the most prized possessions in Australian sport.
Stats of Origin Tips & Analysis
New South Wales Blues
After losing the 2022 series, Brad Fittler's New South Wales Blues are attempting to win back the State of Origin shield. NSW will be as determined as ever in the 2023 series thanks to their abundance of stars and desire to make up for their State of Origin loss from the previous year.
Billy Slater's Queensland Maroons will enter the 2023 series looking to win consecutive State of Origin series for the first time since 2017. The Maroons have a number of up-and-coming stars that will complement their savvy veterans, making them a force to be reckoned with in State of Origin 2023.
Key Players to Watch
NSW Key Players
Tom Trbojevic and James Tedesco are the ones to watch on the Blues team. With both players displaying quality form at club level, NSW will be relying on both men to bring their best to State of Origin 2023.
Queensland Key Players
Reece Walsh and Cameron Munster are the Maroons' key players. Walsh in particular has been dynamic for the Brisbane Broncos at club level, and coach Billy Slater will be hoping he can replicate that at State of Origin level.
State of Origin Predictions 2023
New South Wales Blues' Prospects
The Blues will head into State of Origin 2023 confident they can atone for last year's loss. With a few selection shocks and returning stars coming back into the fold, NSW will be hoping they can deliver their best football on the big stage.
Queensland Maroons' Prospects
The Maroons will be looking to continue their great Origin form. There are a number of Queensland stars that are coming into their best form at the right time, which makes the Maroons a tough proposition heading into State of Origin 2023.