The State of Origin in 2025 is likely to be hosted by Western Australia as the state government actively campaigns to strengthen its standing in rugby league. Perth’s Optus Stadium is set to be the venue of Origin I, with the following games scheduled to happen in the typical venues of Sydney and Brisbane.
This is part of the NRL‘s ongoing strategy of transferring the hosting rights of one game annually. Melbourne’s MCG will be the venue in 2024 and 2026, following games held in Adelaide this year.
Perth has already hosted two Origin games, including one last year where they attracted a crowd of 59,358. The New South Wales team appears to find the city to their liking, having won both prior games by considerable margins, beating Queensland 38-6 in 2019 and 44-12 three years before.
Exploring new frontiers, the NRL has expressed a willingness to take the game to international locations in 2027, when the next Origin is set to be sold off. New Zealand is surfacing as a possible option; it would be the first Origin match held outside Australia since a 1987 exhibition game in California.
Perth is eager for more rugby content to support their cause. They had recent triumph with a double-header featuring Dolphins/Newcastle and Souths/Cronulla. Roosters chairman Nick Politis, who Cook met recently in an attempt to garner backing, has given his seal of approval for Perth’s bid to join an expanded 20-team competition.
The meeting was attended by Premier Cook, WA Sports Minister David Templeman, andChair Peter Tinley who leads the government’s bidding team. Darwin’s entry into the NRL, expected to expand to include at least 18 teams, is widely anticipated, with plans to enlarge the competition to 20 teams, potentially admitting Perth.
Perth is also being encouraged to join forces with the Newtown Jets.