Started in 1980, the series has achieved legendary status and is now the showpiece of world rugby league. Teams are selected from the best players in the NRL, based on where the players played their junior rugby league. As a result the matches are usually filled with exciting plays, individual brilliance and memorable tries.
A similar concept was attempted by the AFL during the 1980's but failed dismally.
SOO (abbrev.) Individual matches are referred to as SOO1, SOO2 and SOO3.
The State of Origin series is one of Australia's most look foward to sporting events. All eyes are glued to the televisions as the shops and neighbours alike adorn their houses with their teams colours.
State of Origin has the reputation of being one of the toughest, hardest-fought rugby league matches played anywhere in the world.