Origin I Countdown

STATE OF ORIGIN STATS Since 1980, there have been 81 State of Origin matches over 26 series. Games: NSW 39* QLD 40 drawn 2 Series: NSW 12 QLD 12 drawn 2 In 2007, Queensland won the series 2-1 *Includes non-series win, match played in 1987 in the USA.

NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES v QUEENSLAND MAROONS ANZ Stadium, Homebush (Sydney) Kick off: 8.10pm

REFEREES 2008 Referee: Tony Archer Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Paul Holland Video Referees: Bill Harrigan and Tim Mander

TEAMS 2008

NSW 1. Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), 2. Jarryd Hayne (Eels), 3. Mark Gasnier (Dragons), 4. Matt Cooper (Dragons), 5. Anthony Quinn (Storm), 6. Greg Bird (Sharks), 7. Peter Wallace (Broncos), 8. Ben Cross (Knights), 9. Danny Buderus (c) (Knights), 10. Brett White (Storm), 11. Willie Mason (Roosters), 12. Ryan Hoffman (Storm), 13. Paul Gallen (Sharks) Interchange: 14. Anthony Laffranchi (Titans), 15. Anthony Tupou (Roosters), 16. Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), 17. Ben Hornby (Dragons) 18. Luke Lewis (Panthers)

QLD 1. Billy Slater (Storm), 2. Greg Inglis (Storm), 3. Israel Folau (Storm), 4. Justin Hodges (Broncos), 5. Brent Tate (Warriors), 6. Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), 7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys), 8. Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), 9. Cam Smith (Storm), 10. Nate Myles (Roosters), 11. Sam Thaiday (Broncos), 12. Carl Webb (Cowboys), 13. Dallas Johnson (Storm). Interchange: 14. PJ Marsh (Broncos), 15. Michael Crocker (Storm), 16. Ben Hannant (Broncos), 17. Jacob Lillyman (Cowboys. 18th man: Ashley Harrison (Titans)

CURTAIN RAISER Under 16s: NEW SOUTH WALES v QUEENSLAND Kick off: 6.15pm Referee: Adam Gee

BLUES U/16s: William Hopoate; Chris Uligia, John Pepa, Jacob Miller, Jacob Gagen; Tyler Sullivan, Harry Seijka; Vaipuna Tia Kilifi, Alex McKinnon, Lachlan Burr, Matthew Groat, Ben Picker, Jack Stockwell. Res: Blake Phillips, Jason Wehbe, Jack Le Hang, Rodney Moeffaauo. MAROONS U/16s: Lachlan Maranta; Josh Batalibasi, Aaron Whitchurch, Kyle Feldt, Savern Rapana; Jordan Meads, Ben Hampton; Benn Malley, Korbin Sims, Mitchell Frei, Jai Ingram, Jay Lobwein, Tauryn Laurensen. Res: Kyle Burkhardt, Kurtis Ritchie, Tennyson Elliott, Leon Curry.

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