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PostSubject: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeFri Jul 02, 2010 7:51 pm

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/kiwi-bid-to-snatch-an-origin-match/story-e6frg7mf-1225887322227

Kiwi bid to snatch an Origin match

NEW Zealand officials have stepped up their attempts to take a State of Origin game across the Tasman.

This is amid concerns the final match of this year's series could attract the smallest Sydney crowd in nearly a decade.

Officials
from Auckland's Eden Park attended Origin II in Brisbane and Australian
Rugby League chief executive Geoff Carr confirmed he had received two
follow-up phone calls from New Zealand officials expressing their
interest in hosting a game.

Although the ARL is yet to receive a
formal proposal, Carr said his body would seriously consider taking a
game to New Zealand if it was financially viable. Eden Park is
undergoing a $NZ240.5 million ($197.2m) facelift for next year's rugby
union World Cup which will increase its capacity to 50,000.

The
ARL already has a deal in place to play one game of the 2012 series in
Melbourne and the earliest a game could be taken to Auckland would be
2013 given existing stadium deals.

However, a disappointing
crowd at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night would only add impetus to calls
for matches to be taken away from Sydney.

"We have already taken games to Melbourne successfully," Carr said. "Everyone criticised us for that but it's really worked.

"We're
taking another game to Melbourne in 2012. We have had real interest
from Eden Park in Auckland about a game. In the short-term we have
contractual obligations.

"The chief executive of Eden Park came
over for the Suncorp (Stadium) game. They're talking seriously about
trying to get a game over there."

Although 60,000 tickets have
been sold for Wednesday night's dead-rubber at ANZ Stadium, there are
genuine fears the attendance may be the smallest at a Sydney game since
the opening match of the 2002 series, when only 55,421 turned out at
the Olympic venue.

Carr, who also said the Victorian government
had shown an interest in hosting a game in Melbourne on yearly basis,
encouraged Blues supporters to turn out on Wednesday night.

"Each
Origin game is its own event," Carr said. "Each game produces its own
history and drama. NSW people need to get out as they have done in the
past and support their team."
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeFri Jul 02, 2010 7:53 pm

Don't know why the paragraph's are so fucked, wouldn't copy right and couldn't be fucked going through every line to make it neat, sorry lol
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSat Jul 03, 2010 9:43 am

It's easier to be said than done to say "yeah, turn up Blues supporters,"
2-0 down, hopeless team, haven't won for five years.. I was gonna go the Origin 3 but really, after the last 2, noo.
Probably be something like 57 thousand or something.. small in the whole "ANZ has 82 thousand seats" perspective, but still.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSat Jul 03, 2010 10:44 am

I actually wouldn't mind seeing New Zealand have a State of Origin game. I'm sure they'd love it and they'll pull in a big crowd I reckon.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSat Jul 03, 2010 11:39 am

The Tank wrote:
I actually wouldn't mind seeing New Zealand have a State of Origin game. I'm sure they'd love it and they'll pull in a big crowd I reckon.

I'd like to see perhaps a 5 year period where one game a year was taken out of NSW and Qld and taken around Aust and NZ, it's the showpiece of RL, move it around to spread support of the game, instead of sending shitty bottom of the table NRL games with two teams that no one gives a shit about to non League areas for non League fans to not give a shit about.

Could go 5 years of say

Melbourne
NZ
Perth
Adelaide
Somewhere like Central Coast or NQ etc.
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Yep nice idea. I like the idea of spreading the game around the country.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSat Jul 03, 2010 11:53 am

What would you think of adding NZ, so it's a 3 team series of some sort?
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSat Jul 03, 2010 12:35 pm

Brenton wrote:
What would you think of adding NZ, so it's a 3 team series of some sort?

Not so much a fan.
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSat Jul 03, 2010 6:43 pm

disgraceful. Coming from a NZer I think it would make a joke of origin if it was to head to NZ. Despite NZ having a lot of origin supporters, mostly maroon, I think its an Aussie tradition and even playing the odd game in Melbourne is a bit of a joke. NSW V QLD should always be played in either NSW or QLD imo.

and no way would I like to see a NZ side be included in origin, I'd rather win the WC over a full Aussie side Smile

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why would they want origin? dont they know they arent in it..
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PostSubject: Re: NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin.....   NZ step up efforts to host State of Origin..... Icon_minitimeSun Jul 04, 2010 6:06 am

Yeah I agree but a lot of NZ'ers are wanting that to happen but I don't like it
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I reckon the games should be kept in NSW & QLD.
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