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Blues secure two Origin games

Staff writers with AAP, Yahoo!7 November 20, 2012, 10:13 am

The NSW Blues are set to play two games at home in the 2013 Origin series after a decision was made to reverse the order and take one home game away from the Maroons.

News Ltd are reporting that a multi-million deal has been struck between the NSW government and the ARLC which will ensure the Blues will have a home ground advantage if the series is to be decided in the third game.

Having not played two games at home since 2010, the Blues launched a concerted campaign to change the order of matches after the first match in this year's series was shifted to Melbourne.

Queensland had been been initially promised two home games next year, but that decision was made prior to the independent commission coming into power.

The scheduling of Origin games is a key item on the agenda at today's ARL Commission meeting, with the controversial shoulder charge rule also set to be discussed.

Brian Canavan, who is now employed as Sydney Roosters CEO, was handed the task of submitting findings from research into the effects of the shoulder charge.

He said clubs are keen to know where they stand going into the 2013 season.

Canavan, who undertook the review before being re-appointed by the Roosters last month, said there is no conflict of interest and the review did not contain any recommendations.

"It was a full analysis which involved injury data, performance data and GPS data," Canavan told AAP.

"It sought opinion from prominent people in the game. The clubs and players were provided the opportunity to provide feedback.

"So it become an evidence-based report, it was not findings.

"I didn't make recommendations and it's now the property of the NRL.

"I was given a deadline to hand the report in and we should hear tomorrow, which is good as I am sure coaches are keen to find out so they can get the players ready for the new season."

In addition to the shoulder charge, clubs are still waiting to discover what the salary cap will be, with a collective bargaining agreement still to be rubber-stamped by the Rugby League Players Association and the ARLC.

"We were told about three weeks ago to work to a benchmark figure and we've all done that," Canavan said.
"I am sure it will be high on the list of things to be discussed."

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  1. Vanya12:21pm Wednesday 21st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Smelly. You have been crying for almost 2 days now. i don't believe there is any hope for you. You will never be a man. you've reached the high point in your life. That of a childish whinger who cries when it doesn't get its way.

  2. Mark09:45am Wednesday 21st November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a bunch of F.....G whingers you QLDERS are, get over yourselves, and stop waking up with your hand on it. Whinge when you lose Whinge when you win, Whinge Whinge Whinge Whinge Whinge

  3. smally04:35pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me Vanya and you and your roaches will never hurt QLD record. Put your thumb back in and have a sulk.

  4. Roger03:01pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sometimes Wally does his tie up too tight - It really doesn't matter where next years series is played it will still be Queensland in a canter.

  5. Vanya02:07pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Smelly. Is that "winge" with an "H"?

  6. Vanya02:04pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Smelly. Your the classic example of the QLD whinger. You are still looking for excuses & justification for your argument. There is neither for either. Like I said before, " man up & stop running to your mummy crying about things you cannot change." I'll even shout you a teaspoon of cement to eat if that'll help you harden up.

  7. smally12:54pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Red Herring,still the roaches winge,go and suck your thumb with Vanya and have a cry to each other.

  8. Red_Herring12:26pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    NSW have been sacrificing their home games for years!!..about time we got 2 home matches for once!!.And funny we dont hear the Queerslanders whinging about having born and bred New South Welshmen in their team!!!..And they have the gall to call it Origin!!!...how about a REAL Origin next year!!

  9. smally12:16pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Vanya the only whinging is from your sooks. Roaches agreed to Mel game last year for the money.You can't beat us so change the goal posts just like the yanks did with the Americas Cup. Go suck your thumb and have a cry.

  10. Darthy12:12pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a crock of sh!te, so they keep selling their second home game, and now chuck a tanty cause they keep getting spanked year in year out and have to pay big buck to steal one of QLD home games, I certainly hope that the money is going to the QRL to compensate for the loss of revenue a sold out game would have generated.