Origin to head to Perth in 2019


State of Origin will head to Perth for the first time, with a game scheduled in the Western Australian capital in 2019.

The NRL announced on Friday that game two of the 2019 Origin series will be played at Perth Stadium.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg was delighted to be taking the series to a city outside of the eastern states for the first time since an exhibition match was played in Los Angeles in 1987.

"We saw Melbourne embrace State of Origin in 2015 and we expect Perth to do the same in 2019," he said in a statement.

"By then Perth will have a state-of-the-art facility which will be a fitting new venue for the biggest sporting event in the country.

"Taking Origin to new venues has huge benefits for the game. It grows the game in other markets and showcases our premium product to a new audience.

"I'd like to thank the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and the WA Government, as well as Tourism Western Australia for showing such enthusiasm for State of Origin."