http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/nrl/state-of-origin-must-stay-in-sydney-says-nswrl-boss-geoff-carr/story-e6frfghx-1226420443355THE NSW Rugby League will today launch an impassioned campaign to ensure two Origin matches are held in Sydney next year.
In a move certain to infuriate the Queenslanders, The Daily Telegraph can reveal fed-up Blues powerbrokers will this morning fire off a letter to the ARL Commission requesting the controversial move.
It is understood the push for ANZ Stadium to hold two matches next year will be a major factor in Ricky Stuart's decision to stay on as coach - as will a dramatic increase in salary for the full-time Blues coach.
The assumption is that the Maroons are perfectly placed to extend their winning streak to eight series because games one and three will be at Suncorp Stadium next year.
ARLC interim chief executive Shane Mattiske confirmed last night that wasn't necessarily the case, especially with a $12.5 million offer from the Victorian government to host an Origin in Melbourne for the next five years.
Mattiske can expect a blunt email from NSWRL boss Geoff Carr when he starts work this morning.
"NSW won't get two games until 2014 and it's too long to deny NSW supporters, who have got right behind the concept of Origin, to be denied two games," Carr said. "I will be writing to the ARLC tomorrow spelling out my thoughts and that is NSW cannot be denied any longer.
"The solution in the future would be to have a neutral year and then let NSW take the turn of two games in 2013. The NSWRL will be campaigning strongly for two games in 2013."
The other alternative, Carr said, was to make the series involving a Melbourne fixture "neutral", to avoid the situation NSW presently face of hosting a single match each series for three consecutive series.
"What we have now is that the way of distributing Origins is unfair," Carr said. "If we keep that formula, next year Queensland will have two games."
The push for two matches in Sydney is sure to enrage Queensland, although QRL chairman John McDonald did not return calls.
Mattiske said nothing was set in stone for next season.
"We've been approached by Victorian Major Events about taking a game to Melbourne for the 2013 season," he said. "They were very happy with the result they achieved this year. The commission is considering that approach, but we're also considering our approach for the 2013 season and beyond."
Carr is a hypocrite ... it was alright for QLD to have a period of 3 years where they only hosted 1 game (2008-2010) but its not ok for NSW to go through the same cycle