State of Origin Rugby League

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The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for rugby league in New South Wales, and the organisation that runs the annual State of Origin competition.

State of Origin is the pinnacle of Australian rugby league – a best-of-three match series between two state representative sides: the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons.

NSWRL asked Input Media to produce a one-hour documentary following Brad Fittler in his first year as NSW Origin coach. As the official ‘behind the scenes’ film crew, we enjoyed unprecedented access to the team, and witnessed some amazing moments and unique scenes shared between players and club staff.

From the selection process and team announcements, onto the training field and back into the locker room, our crew was immersed with the team, capturing the action as it happened and gaining on-the-spot thoughts and insights from players and coaching staff alike.

With the 2019 Origin series kicking off in Brisbane on Wednesday 5 June, the one-hour documentary aired for the first time on Friday 31 May on Channel 9, immediately following the Friday Night Football match. Further airings are planned leading into Game 1.