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State of Origin 2019: same intense rivalry, different protagonists | Larissa O’Connor

The excitement of the unknown is swirling around Suncorp Stadium ahead of this year’s series opener

State of Origin is about to embark on its 38th edition. This new-look rivalry continues to capture the imagination of a legion of fans who this year are not lamenting the loss of past legends, but counting down to Game One with the excitement of the unknown.

The 2019 series has already provided its fair share of pre-contest drama and coaching challenges. It’s had everything from national anthem debates to alleged sex tape sabotage. Not the ideal lead up to the code’s premier contest, but arguably the perfect crescendo to kick off the opening game – and definitely the kind of fodder which will fuel Origin’s signature passion for disliking the opposition.

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