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State of Origin: 35 Years 1980-2014:

Author: Liam Hauser

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35 rich years of State of Origin football, reflecting the triumphs, the pain, the controversies and the incidents that shape rugby league’s greatest spectacle.

Written by Liam Hauser, State of Origin: 35 Years 1980-2014 is a fascinating celebration of rugby league and the legendary State of Origin series, which is one of the most widely, followed sporting events since it was established in 1980.

Every game of each series is explored in detail, with a blow-by-blow account of all of the key incidents that determine its complexity and outcome. These colourful field reports illuminate how the games ebb and flow and how fine the line is between success and failure.

  • This is an updated edition of State of Origin, the first edition published in 2009 showcased 30 years. This edition has been updated with the extra five years of text, images and statistics.
  • The original edition released in 2009 sold out in both hard back and the limited edition slip case series and was recognized by leading players and journalist as the almanac of the state of origin series.
  • Includes over 250 pictures and all match statistics, with separate lists of results, teams, man of match, referees and venues.


Liam Hauser

Liam Hauser

Liam Hauser developed a strong interest in rugby league and cricket during his primary school days, and has supported and read about those two sports ever since. Liam’s book releases include State of Origin 30 Years (Rockpool Publishing, 2010), State of Origin 35 Years (Rockpool Publishing, 2015); A Century of Cricket Tests (2013); A History of Test Cricket (2016); The Great Grand Finals: Rugby League’s Greatest Contests (2017, revised 2019); and The Immortals of Australian Cricket (Rockpool Publishing, 2018).

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    It has been three-and-a-half decades and counting for the National Rugby League – or NRL’s – State Of Origin series, and with the thirty-sixth match having taken place just last weekend, rugby is still in fine form in Australia.   Since 1980, the best-of-three match contest has been played between State teams of New South Wales and Queensland, and even if the first Origin game was borne almost accidentally after the NSW. side took out two consecutive games and hope had all but been lost for a flailing Queensland team.

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