State of Origin game one LIVE: All the latest NSW v Queensland updates and scores


Follow the Daily Mail Australia live blog for all the updates and scores from the first game of this year’s State of Origin series

A special treat for some fans as supporters begin to fill the ground

Here’s proof that it pays to get to your seats early – and not just because there’s almost no queue for beer.

Blues debutant Zac Lomax is pictured below taking a selfie with some happy blues die-hards – and by the looks of the fan sign on the far right, they could be from his hometown of Temora.

Blues' Zac Lomax poses for a selfie with fans ahead of the 2024 State of Origin match 1 between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Accor Stadium in Sydney, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (AAP Image/Mark Evans) NO ARCHIVE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

And now for the pre-match pep talk you’ve all been waiting for

No, not Phil Gould – Anthony Field of the Wiggles, all of whom are blue in this clip. They’re not even trying to be dispassionate here.

Who wants to see Ray Warren commentating on his 100th origin?

Let’s be honest – it just isn’t the same without Rabs behind the mic. Not even close. Today’s commentators – whether you watch Nine or Fox – just don’t add up.

And now the man himself has clarified whether he will ever do footy fans a favor and call the NSW v Queensland clash for the first time since 2021…

NSW Premier Chris Minns has made a cheeky bet with Queensland’s Steven Miles

It’s become something of an Origin tradition for the premiers to up the ante on game day – and this year, instead of the loser having to fly another nation’s flag from the monument, Chris Minns wants something a little more personal and awkward. its opposite number.

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Fletch asks Blues tough questions… and gives Angus Crichton the finger

Bryan Fletcher caught up with some of the NSW stars to explore the tactics the team will use tonight… no.

What happens when Maguire’s bench strategy backfires?

Unlike the Maroons, who have Selwyn Cobb to cover any injuries in the backline, the Blues have nothing but muscle on the bench – but if disaster strikes, Raiders back-rower Hudson Young has confirmed he will be the man to step in . hole by moving it to the centers.

KATOOMBA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Hudson Young warms up during New South Wales Blues State of Origin practice at Blue Mountains Grammar School on June 01, 2024 in Katoomba, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

What does the weather do?

NSW have named a bench full of forwards and all indications are that they will embrace Michael Maguire’s favored power play tonight – so they will be doing rain dances in the sheds and hoping for a slick surface to make the game another snag and help take advantage of Queensland’s speed in the backs.

The forecast is currently calling for a 90% chance of rain – but as I write, none is falling at the Accor Stadium.

Carl Webb inspires Maroons after his tragic death aged 42

After helping the Maroons start an era of dominance when he last played for them almost 20 years ago, Webb still has a big influence on the way Queensland play – as revealed by Reuben Cotter, who has against a big NSW pack tonight.

A blast from the past with Jarome Luai and Nicho Hynes

The Blues are running with an untested halves combination in the absence of the injured Nathan Cleary – but as you can see, Hynes and Luai are not complete strangers on the pitch, having played together in their youth.

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Hello and welcome – Origin is back!

Thanks for joining our live coverage of all the action as the Blues look to avenge last year’s 2-1 series defeat to the Cane Toads and Michael Maguire makes his Origin coaching debut against Maroons maestro Billy Slater.

From team news to the latest results, controversies and social media reactions, we’ll keep you updated on how the Cockroaches have found themselves in the unusual position of underdogs.


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