State of Origin: Will the national anthem be played before every game?

The playing of the Australian national anthem before State of Origin games continues to be a much-discussed off-field issue.

Will the national anthem be played before State of Origin games in 2022?

There’s no official confirmation yet, but as things stand, the Australian national anthem will be played ahead of all three State of Origin games this year.

The anthem was sung before every match last year, in line with the NRL’s decision to include it in the pre-match ceremony.

Why did the NRL backtrack on their anthem decision?

Ahead of the 2020 State of Origin series, the NRL reversed its decision not to play the national anthem.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo initially indicated he would instead be reserved for Test matches, ANZAC Day matches and the NRL Grand Final.

However, in a change that happened within hours, ARLC chairman Peter V’landys explained the call to return to broadcasting the national anthem.

“Our decision not to play the anthem was never political. We have always been committed to the anthem, as the Grand Final last weekend showed,” V’landys said.

“The original decision not to play the anthem on Origin was about the rivalry and tribalism associated with the Origin series.

“However, after listening to the public response and considering the strong national unity in the common fight against the COVID pandemic, the Commission has decided that it is important to ensure that unity continues.

“We have always been a Commission that listens to our fans. We heard the message and acted on it.

When and where is Origin Game 1?

For the first time since 2020, State of Origin will return to Sydney Australia Stadium (currently known as Accor Stadium).

The venue last hosted a series opener in 2016 and is sure to host a full house this time around, with New South Wales having won three of the last four series.

The Blues will enter the game on June 8 with a lot of confidence – they’ve won 19 of Origin’s 29 matches on the site.

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