The biggest rivalry in Australian sport is set to explode on the 9Network when New South Wales and Queensland face off in State of Origin I
In what shapes as the most evenly fought series in recent years, the Queensland Maroons will have the taste of revenge on their lips after being humbled by a star-studded NSW Blues side in 2021.
Hosted by James Bracey, the Wide World of Sports exclusive Origin coverage will feature the biggest names in modern rugby league history, with Origin legends Andrew Johns, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Phil Gould, Darren Lockyer, Paul Vautin and Paul Gallen on hand to dissect every moment of the action.
After the surprise retirement of legendary broadcaster Ray Warren last week, Mathew Thompson now gets his chance in the commentary box for one of the biggest broadcasts of the year. Thompson will be joined by two of the greatest NSW and Queensland representatives, Andrew Johns and Cameron Smith.
Rounding out the team are Danika Mason, delivering all the breaking news in the lead-up to kick-off, Allana Ferguson, to run her expert eye over the key match-ups.
For the first time ever, Channel 9 will cross live during play to both Origin coaches, Billy Slater and Brad Fittler, for their comments during the heat of battle.
Slater and Fittler will open the doors to Wide World of Sports in both camps, with viewers getting unprecedented access to exclusive content from extra cameras on the team buses, in dressing rooms and private team meetings – vision never seen before in the pre-match build-up.
Plus, 9Now will stream the game live with four additional streams to choose from, ensuring viewers won’t miss a thing:
- Coaches Cam – A split screen of NSW coach Brad Fittler and QLD coach Billy Slater
- Player Cam NSW – Nathan Cleary
- Player Cam QLD – Cameron Munster
- Spidercam – An eagle-eye view of play to take you that little bit closer to the action
And after the game you can catch up with the 9Now mini-match, bringing you all the best bits in a 20-minute breakdown.
Origin Broadcast Stats
- More than 60 broadcast cameras
- Over 140 broadcast crew
- 275 combined Origin games played by Channel 9’s commentary team, and 36 coached
- Broadcast to more than 50 countries worldwide
STATE OF ORIGIN I – NEW SOUTH WALES v QUEENSLAND
LIVE from Accor Stadium, Sydney
- Sydney – 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9HD and 9Now
- Brisbane – 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9HD and 9Now
- Melbourne – 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9HD and 9Now
- Adelaide – 6.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, 7.00pm on Channel 9HD and 9Now
- Perth – 5.00pm LIVE on 9GemHD, 5.30pm on Channel 9HD and 9Now