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The first battle in this year's State of Origin series is set to be staged in a Canberra boardroom after the Queensland Rugby League reiterated its opposition to extra time.
QRL managing director Ross Livermore has confirmed the Maroons will stand their ground at the Australian Rugby League board meeting in the nation's capital tomorrow. The ARL is certain to make a decision on extra time at that meeting, with the start of the Origin series just over a month away.
The Blues remain firmly in favour of it and NSWRL chief executive Chris Turner says they will push for it tomorrow.
The opening game of the Origin series will be at Suncorp Stadium on June 11. Queensland coach Wayne Bennett will name a 22-man squad this afternoon that is expected to include in-form fullbacks Rhys Wesser from the Panthers and Clinton Schifcofske from the Raiders. Barring injury, a decision on which one to will make the final 17 will be resolved when the two clubs fight it out at Canberra Stadium in Round 10.