The determination comes aft the New South Wales authorities advised the Australian Rugby League Commission that it would not let a assemblage successful Newcastle owed to the COVID-19 concern successful the state.
The ARLC held an exigency gathering and decided to determination the lucifer to the Gold Coast, wherever a capableness assemblage of 27,000 volition beryllium successful attendance.
According to the ARLC, the worsening COVID concern successful Sydney meant the NSW authorities believed a assemblage could make an further hazard to the determination community, adjacent though determination is presently nary assemblage transmission successful Newcastle.
New South Wales recorded 50 caller COVID-19 cases today. The Sydney metropolitan area, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong regions stay successful lockdown.
"We are disappointed not to beryllium capable to springiness Newcastle the city's archetypal State of Origin, but we indispensable run wrong each State Public Health Orders and not having a assemblage successful Newcastle negates the accidental for our fans from the region,'' NRL brag Andrew Abdo said.
"The Gold Coast has a precise debased corruption complaint and some Origin camps are presently located wrong driving region of Cbus Stadium. It means neither squad volition beryllium disadvantaged by travel.
"This is an breathtaking result for the Gold Coast. It volition beryllium the archetypal clip successful past that the Gold Coast has hosted State of Origin."
The determination means each 3 matches of the 2021 bid volition beryllium played successful Queensland, with Townsville having hosted Game One, and Brisbane Game Two.
New South Wales has already wrapped up the series, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead.
"The Gold Coast is an important marketplace for america and successful the existent circumstances presents a harmless result for the assemblage and a large result for our fans successful southeast Queensland," Abdo said.
"Our precedence is ensuring the information of the assemblage and the continuity of the competition."
"I privation to convey the Queensland Government for yet again providing their enactment rugby league."
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