The State of Origin Series is back again! The annual two-out-of-three competition that pits the best players in the Australian Rugby League will see the New South Wales defend their title against the Queensland Maroons.
In recent years, the State of Origin series has become easily the most popular game in the country. For example, all three games of the 2013 edition had more audiences than any other sporting event in the country. The popularity of the series is not limited to just New South Wales and Queensland; in fact, games have been played in cities such as Melbourne and Adelaide. These games had record crowds for rugby matches and drew television audiences at an unprecedented level.
The popularity of the series goes far beyond Australia; the State of Origin is broadcasted in 91 countries around the world and its popularity has induced a lot of craze and hysteria in countries such as Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. In the former, the series has become very fierce and tense that it sometimes results in riots, violence, and even deaths.
Australian fans can watch the games in the Series on the main broadcaster channels, Nine Network. Fans in Australia can also catch up on replays televised on Fox Sports. For fans that prefer to follow the series on the radio, ABC Grandstand is the best option for this.
Fox Sports 2 and Sky Sports are the official broadcaster of the series in the United States. Fox Sports uses the live feed from Nine Network to televise the series in the US while Sky Sports offer live coverage of the event.
You can get the State of Origin Game live stream on the 9Now web platform in Australia. 9Now is the free-to-air online platform of Nine Network