Graham backs Origin ASAP

Sam Pasfield

Brydens Lawyers NSW Blue Wade Graham has suggested the Holden State of Origin series would be a fitting way to restart the season once the coronavirus pandemic is over and NRL is given the all clear to resume.

CEOs and chairs from all 16 NRL clubs had a meeting yesterday in response to the game's landmark decision to postpone the season following advice from government and health authorities over COVID-19.

Several return-to-play scenarios were put to the group, with the earliest possible kick-off date said to be June 1, equalling a nine-week rugby league hiatus, and September 1 the latest.

"I think we should have Origin back in when we get that first weekend back in with the crowds to kick it back off," Graham told Fox League.

"I think all ideas need to be explored.

"When we get more clarity on when the season may be able to continue, we need to put everything on the table to try and get the footy going and get the revenue back in the game."

Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler and his Queensland counterpart Kevin Walters are keen for Origin to go ahead regardless of the time of year. Fittler told NSWRL a week ago: “Whether it’s in May, June, October or November, I think it will be played and it will be as good as ever.”