There’s increasing speculation that Canberra could be in line to host a revised opening match in next month’s State of Origin.

Game one is due to be played at the MCG on 9 June but Melbourne’s latest covid-19 outbreak has cast some doubt over those plans.

NRL Officials met on Tuesday to consider the situation in Melbourne and put back up plans in place.

NRL Chief, Andrew Abdo said all options are being considered.

“If we need to increase protocols we will and if we need to consider contingency planning for where we play game one, we will.”

Canberra, Perth and Adelaide are all possible venues if the game needs to be moved, with the NRL keen to have Game One played on neutral ground.

However, Mr Abdo said he’s still confident the game will go ahead as planned.


“We’d have to see a significant increase in the number of community cases and a potential full lockdown of Victoria before we would consider that.”