State of Origin Game III has officially been moved to Newcastle due to Sydney’s lockdown.

The NSW government has allowed for a 75% attendance at McDonald Jones Stadium which will hit just under 20 thousand attendees.

A statement released by the NRL earlier this afternoon stated that Newcastle’s “a safe option for the game with no community transmission, allows fans to attend live and ensures NSW will host a home game during the series.”

NRL Ceo Andrew Abdo considers the move a big win for Newcastle fans of the game, “This is a reward for the people of Newcastle and Hunter region… These fans are among the most passionate fans in our game… One of the positives to come from the pandemic has been the opportunity to give passionate rugby league communities like Newcastle and Townsville the chance to host Origin when they otherwise wouldn’t.”

“I would like to thank both State Teams for their patience in allowing us to secure a safe venue with the capability of a passionate crowd.”

If the lockdowns have affected your ability to attend the game, your purchased tickets at Stadium Australia will automatically be refunded!

New tickets for the Newcastle match will be available from Monday at NRL.Com/Tickets.

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