ARL Vote In Favour of Golden

The Australian Rugby League board last night backed New South Wales and voted to introduce the "golden point" rule for this year's State of Origin series, despite Queensland's strong opposition to the proposal.

Maroons coach Wayne Bennett says it risks the health of players, but the Blues had the numbers in the ARL board room. The golden point rule also applies in the NRL, with a draw declared if the scores are still locked after 10 minutes of extra time.

In the Origin, the teams will play an initial five minutes of extra time and if the scores are still level at the end of that period they will continue playing until someone scores. Teams will be allowed two extra interchanges.