Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Women’s State of Origin. Whenever we talk about Origin we talk about pressure. Tonight NSW will be feeling it, having ceded the shield to Queensland, who last year won by a try in their first interstate victory since 2014.
The lowdown is this: the Maroons are welcoming back 14 of their 19-player squad from the 2020 instalment. The Sky Blues are definitely in this but will have to be on their game at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
There are also a couple of significant firsts, with female coaches overseeing both teams in Tahnee Norris (Queensland) and Kylie Hilder (NSW), and an all-female line-up of officials including referee Belinda Sharpe and touch judges Kailey Beattie and Karra-Lee Nolan.
Here we go.