The second game of State of Origin 2018 will take place in front of thousands of Blues supporters this Sunday (June 24). Will NSW make it 2-0 and clinch the series? Or will the mighty Maroons pull off an upset in front of a Sydney home crowd? Here's everything you need to know about viewing Game 1 — whether you're planning to watch live, at the pub, on TV or on the internet.
Below is everything you need to know about watching this year's State Of Origin - including streaming tips, where to buy tickets and the players on each team.
When is the State Of Origin on?
The second game in the series kicks off at ANZ Stadium on Jume 24, 7:40pm (AEST).
How to watch State Of Origin on free-to-air TV
The State Of Origin series will be broadcast live on Channel Nine. The actual kick-off is scheduled for around 7.40pm with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.
How to watch State Of Origin online
Previously, the easiest way to watch State Of Origin online was to purchase an NRL Live Pass from Telstra for $3.99. However, this year's pass does not include live streaming of State of Origin. Boo!
The good news is that Nine's free 9Now web app will be providing a live stream of all three State Of Origin games. Hurrah!
Nine will offer a total of five separate streams that viewers can swap between. These range from a spider cam to a 'player cam' focused on one team only. Naturally, you can also stick to Main coverage if you prefer.
Alternatively, you can sign up to the official WatchNRL app with a VPN. This provides live coverage to "overseas" users - although with prices starting at $19 for one week, you need to be a fan of the NRL to make it worthwhile.
How to watch State Of Origin on Foxtel
Fox Sports won't be showing the match live, although you can watch 9HD's coverage through the service if you want. Repeats of the game will be broadcast on Foxtel Sport throughout the week.
How to watch State Of Origin in the flesh
2018 State Of Origin series tickets can be purchased through Ticketek. Game 2 is being held at at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. There is a limit of six tickets per customer. Available prices start at $88.
How to watch State Of Origin at the pub
If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of a live crowd without paying for stadium seating, a local sports pub is a pretty good bet. Here is a list of venues that will be showing the live broadcast on big screen TVs. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.)
How To Watch State Of Origin If You're Stuck Overseas
Unfortunately, the aforementioned 9Now app is region locked and won't be accessible for users that are not located in Australia. Your best bet is to sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) which will hide the location of your computer and mobile devices.
If you can't be arsed getting a VPN, the aforementioned WatchNRL app is probably your best bet. Alternatively, do some googling to find a sports bar equipped with satellite TV and inquire whether they will be showing the match live. Good luck!
State of Origin teams: NSW lineup
NSW has made minimal changes to its squad for Origin 2 (surprise, surprise.) It's a team dominated by State Of Origin first timers, which seems to be working out rather well. Here's the lineup for Game 2:
- James Tedesco
- Tom Trbojevic
- Latrell Mitchell
- James Roberts
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Nathan Cleary
- James Maloney
- David Klemmer
- Damien Cook
- Matt Prior
- Boyd Cordner
- Tyson Frizell
- Jack de Belin
- Paul Vaughan
- Jake Trbojevic
- Angus Crichton
- Tyrone Peachey
State of Origin teams: Queensland lineup
As you'd expect, Queensland has made a few changes to its lineup following its Game 1 defeat, with 20-year-old Kalyn Ponga set to make his Origin debut. Here is Sunday's lineup:
- Jai Arrow
- Will Chambers
- Gavin Cooper
- Dane Gagai
- Tim Glasby
- Coen Hess
- Valentine Holmes
- Ben Hunt
- Greg Inglis
- Felise Kaufusi
- Andrew Mccullough
- Josh Mcguire
- Cameron Munster
- Dylan Napa
- Josh Papalii
- Kalyn Ponga
- Billy Slater
- Jarrod Wallace