Would a 'State of Origin' work in Rugby?

Super Rugby
by AFP

Australian Rugby Union is reportedly considering a rugby league-style State of Origin match to help fill a dead zone during the June Test window.

Queensland and New South Wales have long faced-off in an annual and hugely popular best-of-three rugby league series, and their union counterparts may now follow suit.

Queensland Rugby Union boss Richard Barker said it was frustrating that the Super Rugby competition came to a month-long halt during the crowded southern hemisphere winter sports schedule when internationals take place.
Friends and true rivals. Noting more sky blue and red, then Matt Burke and John Eales. Photo: Getty Images"All of a sudden we come to a dead stop at a time when rival codes are building to the high point of their seasons," he told The Australian newspaper, in comments published Friday.

"We need the IRB (World Rugby) and (ARU chief) Bill (Pulver) to work pretty hard on this.

"Let's play a State of Origin match at Ballymore (in Brisbane). It's a rugby-owned ground, so rugby would get all the proceeds."

New South Wales Waratahs chief Andrew Hore said he was open to the idea, but remained cautious.

"We applaud the initiative and we're certainly open for discussion," he told the newspaper, adding that it would need input from the Australian Rugby Union to make it happen.

"But an Origin game does highlight the fact that the vast majority of professional rugby players in this country come from NSW and Queensland and sometimes it doesn't hurt to mention that," he said.

"And there is no question, too, that we are looking at the June window very carefully."

If a State of Origin match or series went ahead, it would do so without many top players from the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs, who would be on international duty.

The ARU had no immediate comment.