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The Queensland Maroons represent the state of Queensland in the State of Origin series and that brings together all the Rugby League fans in the state, who are usually rivals, to support their team.
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The home of Queensland is also thought of as the home of Rugby League in Australia as Lang Park has hosted all that there is to host in the sport.
The stadium is in the city of Brisbane and is perhaps better known as its sponsored name of Suncorp Stadium.
Lang Park has also hosted major international, including Rugby League World Cup finals and the NRL Magic Round but there is always one occasion when the ground is packed out and the atmosphere is electric and that is when it hosts Queensland home matches in the State of Origin series.
The Maroons first ever game was against New Zealand way back in 1908 and since then they have continued to feature many of the household stars of the game.
The sport of Rugby League is dominant in the state, and it is home to many teams who play in local leagues and that help to produce players for their topflight teams.
The history of the Queensland representative side can be traced all the way back to 1908, when players who had representative ethe state before the code split helped form a representative side in the breakaway Northern Union code.
Alongside their rivals in New South Wales, they first faced the 1907-08 touring New Zealand side, with the first ever match been a 34-12 win for the Maroons at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground on the 16th May 1908.
The first interstate match between the rival states took place later in the same year but the Maroons would lose the inaugural match up 43-0, although that was at a time before a local competition was set up in Queensland.
The 1920’s would prove to be one of the states most successful periods until the invention of the State of Origin Series.
The state would face new opposition in 1951, when they took on and drew 19-19 all with the French national side.
In 1953, they would face the American All-Stars and would defeat they tourist 39-36 in front of nearly 25,000 fans.
Incredibly, it took until 1958 for Queensland to win an interstate series against New South Wales and with more and more Queenslanders been attracted south due to the extra money on offer and the Maroons having a residency requirement, things continued to be a struggle.
In the 1970’s, they would only win 4 matches overall, which in part led to the change in the 1980’s to a ‘State of Origin’ selection policy where players would be selected on where they made their senior debut and not where they currently played.
That would work in favour of Queensland who would win the first match played under Origin rules in July 1980 and with the 1981 interstate matches been played under both sets of rules, the Maroons would win the match played under Origin rules.
In the State of Origin era, form 1980’s onwards, the Maroons have enjoyed much more success and for large parts of that period, they have been the dominant state.
Early stars of this era include the likes of Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson, who would go onto to become global stars helped in part by the Maroons going on tour in 1983 and playing in Papua New Guinea and across Great Britain.
Queensland were hampered during the Super League wars era in the 1990’s that coupled with their early stars retiring, which culminating with a record breaking 56-16 loss in game 3 of the 2000 series that the Maroons lost 3-0.
The early 2000’s would see a raft of new superstars represent the state including the likes of Billy Slater, Brett Kimorley, Andrew Johns, Brent Finch, Johnathan Thurston, Darren Lockyer and Cameron Smith as the Queensland side would become the dominant force in the Origin series.
In 2014, Queensland lost the series to end a run of 8 straight series wins as some of those stars started to retire but others such as Cooper Cronk and Greg Ingles would become household names.
Since then, the series have been more evenly shared between the 2 states, although they did win 3 straight editions between 2015-2017 to somewhat make up for that 2014 loss.
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