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The expanded Women’s State of Origin series hits ‘the decider’ | Teams and full guide


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The women’s State of Origin series expanded to a two-game competition in 2023.

And while players are calling for a three-game format, the positives are that two games are better than one and that the upcoming game two is a decider.

While the rivalry in the women’s game has been in existence since 1999 (formerly known as the Nellie Doherty Cup), it has only been known officially as the State of Origin since 2018. And now, for the first time ever, the tournament is double the fun.

New South Wales are defending champions, after winning last year’s game. And they’re one win away from locking up another series, but things are now in the balance; the Maroons managed to win the opener in Sydney. Here’s our Women’s Origin guide.

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The Women’s State of Origin series is doubling up to two games.

2023 Women’s State of Origin dates

The 2023 Women’s State of Origin series kicks off on Thursday, 1 June. Here are the games.

GAME 1 | June 1, Thursday 7:45pm AEST, Commbank Stadium, Sydney

Result: Queensland 18-10 NSW

The Maroons were too good, scoring four tries to two.

GAME 2 | June 22, Thursday 7:45pm AEST, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Importantly, no Men’s NRL games are scheduled for either of those dates. Both blockbusters should be able to fill the stands and draw large TV audiences.

How to watch the Women’s State of Origin

Good news, fans. We have options.

You can stream the Women’s State of Origin clashes, as well as the full 2023 competition live on the Nine Network & 9Now, Fox League and Kayo.

2023 Women’s State of Origin tickets

You can purchase tickets to both games via Ticketek now. For ticketing information for the men’s State of Origin, you can get details here.

Women’s State of Origin NSW team

Here’s the NSW Blues team for game two of the Women’s State of Origin.

INS: Cassey Tohi-Hiku, Simaima Taufa, Tiana Penitani

OUTS: Ellie Johnston, Rachael Pearson

  1. Emma Tonegato
  2. Jaime Chapman
  3. Jessica Sergis
  4. Isabelle Kelly
  5. Tiana Penitani
  6. Taliah Fuimaono
  7. Jesse Southwell
  8. Kezie Apps
  9. Keeley Davis
  10. Millie Boyle
  11. Olivia Kernick
  12. Yasmin Clydsdale
  13. Simaima Taufa
  14. Quincy Dodd
  15. Kennedy Cherrington
  16. Sarah Togatuki
  17. Shaylee Bent
  18. Cassey Tohi-Hiku
  19. Brooke Anderson

Women’s State of Origin Queensland team

Here’s the Queensland Maroons Women’s State of Origin side for game two.

INS: Sienna Lofipo, Tallisha Harden

OUTS: Julia Robinson

  1. Tamika Upton
  2. China Polata
  3. Shenae Ciesiolka
  4. Evania Pelite
  5. Emily Bass
  6. Tarryn Aiken
  7. Zahara Temara
  8. Shannon Mato
  9. Destiny Brill
  10. Keilee Joseph
  11. Tazmin Gray
  12. Shaniah Power
  13. Ali Brigginshaw
  14. Emma Manzelmann
  15. Jessika Elliston
  16. Sophie Holyman
  17. Shaniah Power
  18. Tallisha Harden
  19. Sienna Lofipo

2023 Women's State of Origin
The 2023 Women’s State of Origin series is coming in June.

Women’s State of Origin previous results

The 2023 competition will be the sixth annual tournament under the State of Origin branding. The scores to-date have been as follows.

New South Wales are the defending champions after securing a 20-14 victory last year, but the extended format makes the competition even more exciting heading into 2023. Will the blues be able to go back to back, or will Queensland redeem themselves and take the shield up north this year? We’ll have to wait and see but in the mean time, here is everything you need to know about the 2023 NRLW State of Origin season.

2022: NSW 20-14 Queensland

2021: Queensland 8-6 NSW

2020: Queensland 24-18 NSW

2019: NSW 14-4 Queensland

2018: NSW 16-10 Queensland

When does the NRLW season start?

The NRLW season will kick off on July 22 with a Saturday Queensland derby between the Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys. After that, reigning champions the Newcastle Knights will host the Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium. And to conclude a huge opening day, the Broncos will battle the Roosters on the Sunshine Coast.

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