All bets are back on for the Premiers at State of Origin
THE State of Origin bet between the Queensland and New South Wales leaders is back on this year after a short hiatus.
Premier Campbell Newman confirmed that the annual State of Origin bet between the two state leaders will resume after a two-year break.
Former NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell refused to take part in the traditional bet last year.
However, Mr Newman said newly installed NSW Premier Mike Baird jumped at the opportunity to reignite the traditional rivalry.
This year's bet . . . the state leader whose team loses the series will have to wear the winning team's jersey during a run around Lake Burley Griffin at the next COAG meeting in Canberra.
Mr Newman, who hosted the Queensland Origin team at State Parliament on Tuesday, said the team was one of the best ever assembled in the history of the game.
"After eight straight wins it says you are," he said.
"No only have you been great on the field . . . you have been great off the field."
Queensland captain Cameron Smith said the team would be striving to ensure their record-breaking run remains intact.
"Everyone here wants to represent Queensland in the very best possible ways and in different ways," he said.
"I guarantee you the boys will be out to do their very best at Suncorp Stadium next week."
Mr Newman announced, in a massive boost for fans in Western Queensland, this year's State of Origin fun day will be held at Longreach on June 10.