State of Origin 2020 : Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out Brisbane hosting a 2020 State of Origin game during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying she wishes the interstate series is scrapped this year.
Palaszczuk refused to support a mooted plan to send Queensland clubs to Sydney in order for the NRL to restart on May 28, saying she is “really concerned” about the health risk to players.
A vocal critic of the NRL’s plan to resume the competition late next month, Palaszczuk upped the ante on Tuesday when she said this year’s Origin series won’t be played during the pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also said on Tuesday that the NRL won’t be given any “special arrangements” to aid their ambitious plan to resume competition next month.
The PM told Nine’s Today Show he welcomed the NRL’s efforts to restart the suspended season after the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, but warned against doing so hastily.
The NRL is yet to unveil what the rest of the 2020 season looks like after announcing its planned resumption date, with the league set to enter negotiations with broadcasters on Tuesday to discuss a modified competition.
NRL pushing on with three-game State of Origin 2020 plan
It has confirmed this year’s State of Origin 2020 series will remain in a standard three-game format but is yet to confirm dates.
The 2020 Origin series was due to kick off in Adelaide on June 3 but that has been scrapped due to COVID-19, reverting the interstate clashes back to Sydney and Brisbane.
Brisbane was primarily scheduled to host game three on July 8.
But Sydney may be the sole host after the Queensland premier reiterated her government would not be relaxing quarantine laws, scuttling plans for an Origin game to be played in Brisbane during the shutdown.
Queensland has enacted strict movement limitations during the coronavirus threat in which there is a must follow 14-day isolation period for anyone allowed entry.
Palaszczuk is not a fan of a proposal to send Queensland clubs Gold Coast, Brisbane and North Queensland to Sydney in order to avoid quarantine laws and ensure the NRL’s resumption.