STATE OF ORIGIN GAME I
SPORT, 7.30PM, NINE
The cynics said it wouldn’t catch on, but as State of Origin celebrates its 100th game, there’s life in the mates-versus-mates concept yet. Origin kicks off this year’s series with a tribute to its history since 1980, featuring legends including Wally Lewis, Alfie Langer, Mal Meninga and marking the big moments from the most memorable matches, broadcast live from Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium ahead of the match. If you’re a New South Welshman, you’re doing this on hope and memory alone because eight is enough – that’s how many consecutive series the Blues have lost to Queensland.