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State of Origin Game 3: kick-off time for NSW vs Queensland in Sydney is almost here. Rugby league fans, rejoice.

The Blues and Maroons are all square after Brad Fittler's men put on an outstanding Game Two performance in Perth to set up a decider.

Here is everything you need to know for Origin III.

DATE AND START TIME

State of Origin III will be played on Wednesday, July 10, at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. Kick-off time is 8pm (AEST). The pre-game entertainment is yet to be announced.

BROADCAST

State of Origin III is exclusive to Channel Nine.

Coverage starts at 7pm and wraps up with a post-game show until 11pm. You can also stream the match on 9NOW (click here for a full guide to the free live stream).

You can also follow the action with Wide World of Sports' live blog, featuring commentary from a member of Nine's legendary commentary team, and our live match centre.

Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler.

ORIGIN III TEAMS

NSW: 1. James Tedesco 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Tom Trbojevic 4. Jack Wighton 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. James Maloney 20. Mitchell Pearce 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Jake Trbojevic. Bench: 14. Dale Finucane 19. David Klemmer 16. Cameron Murray 17. Wade Graham. Shadow: 18 Clint Gutherson. Coach: Brad Fittler.

QUEENSLAND: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Corey Oates 3. Michael Morgan 4. Will Chambers 5. Dane Gagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Papalii 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire. Bench: 14. Moses Mbye 15. Christian Welch 16. Tim Glasby 17. David Fifita. Shadow: 18. Ethan Lowe. Coach: Kevin Walters.

Corey Norman and Cameron Munster training with the Maroons.

INS AND OUTS

NSW in: David Klemmer, Mitchell Pearce NSW out: Nathan Cleary, Tariq Sims

Queensland in: Corey Norman, Joe Ofahengaue, Christian Welch. Queensland out: Kalyn Ponga, Dylan Napa, Jarrod Wallace

INJURIES

The teams above will more than likely run out on Wednesday as named, with neither side carrying players with any injuries of significance. The Blues had initially picked Nathan Cleary to retain his place at halfback but made a call just two days into camp to rule him out after he failed to overcome an ankle injury, paving the way for Mitchell Pearce to be called into the side.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referees: Gerard Sutton, Ashley Klein. Touch judges: Nick Beashel, Chris Butler. Senior review official: Jared Maxwell. Video referee: Ben Galea.

ODDS

Via Sportsbet.com.au: NSW $1.40, Queensland $3.00 (correct at time of publication).

WHY NSW NEED TO WIN

NSW are trying to win consecutive State of Origin series for the first time since 2003-05. Having hit back from 1-0 down with an emphatic performance in Perth, they have given themselves a huge opportunity to do just that on home turf in Sydney.

David Klemmer runs the ball for NSW.

WHY QLD NEED TO WIN

Queensland have won 11 of the past 13 Origin series, thanks to an incredible generation of talent featuring names like Lockyer, Smith, Thurston, Cronk, Slater and Inglis. Now it's time for the likes of Munster, Cherry-Evans and Hunt to make their name under the pressure of a decider to stave off any thoughts NSW have of starting a dynasty of their own.

HOW NSW CAN WIN

The Blues showed in Game Two that they have the firepower to blow Queensland off the park if everything clicks into place. However, what has perhaps been underrated was how dominant the Blues were in the effort areas to set up that thumping win in Perth. NSW were switched on from the opening whistle with superior line speed and more desperate defence.

In order for them to repeat the Game Two result NSW need to bring the same energy and enthusiasm - at very least matching Queensland in those areas - to give them a platform for the attacking superstars like James Tedesco, Tom Trbojevic and Damien Cook to shine.

There is also the small matter of Mitchell Pearce's recall to think about. For the veteran halfback to taste an Origin series victory for the first time the Blues will need to be clever about the game plan they develop, with a significant game managing role for serial winner James Maloney crucial.

Wade Graham's Origin III role is up in the air.

HOW QUEENSLAND CAN WIN

For the Maroons to snatch another series victory from the underdog position they need to get back to what they did so effectively in Game One at Suncorp Stadium, dominate in the forwards and unleash the brilliance of Daly Cherry-Evans and Cameron Munster.

While those two are no longer the halves for the Maroons, with Corey Norman making his debut alongside captain and halfback Cherry-Evans, Munster remains arguably the most crucial player lining up for the visitors. He has the match-winning ability to create special plays out of nowhere, so if his forward pack can hold their own and frustrate the Blues' flashy outside backs, the game will set up late for Munster to win it with a piece of individual brilliance.

Cameron Munster and Billy Slater

TALE OF THE TAPE: ORIGIN 2019 RESULTS

Origin I: QLD 18 (Gagai 2, Oates tries; Ponga 3 goals) d NSW 14 (J Morris, J Trbojevic tries; Cleary 3 goals)

Origin II: NSW 38 (T Trbojevic 3, Addo-Carr 2, Frizell tries; Maloney 5, Cleary 2 goals) d QLD 6 (Chambers try; Ponga goal)

Series scoreline: NSW 1-1 Queensland

State of Origin Game 3: kick-off time for NSW vs Queensland in Sydney is almost here. Rugby league fans, rejoice.

The Blues and Maroons are all square after Brad Fittler's men put on an outstanding Game Two performance in Perth to set up a decider.

Here is everything you need to know for Origin III.

DATE AND START TIME

State of Origin III will be played on Wednesday, July 10, at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. Kick-off time is 8pm (AEST). The pre-game entertainment is yet to be announced.

BROADCAST

State of Origin III is exclusive to Channel Nine.

Coverage starts at 7pm and wraps up with a post-game show until 11pm. You can also stream the match on 9NOW (click here for a full guide to the free live stream).

You can also follow the action with Wide World of Sports' live blog, featuring commentary from a member of Nine's legendary commentary team, and our live match centre.

Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler.

ORIGIN III TEAMS

NSW: 1. James Tedesco 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Tom Trbojevic 4. Jack Wighton 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. James Maloney 20. Mitchell Pearce 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Damien Cook 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Jake Trbojevic. Bench: 14. Dale Finucane 19. David Klemmer 16. Cameron Murray 17. Wade Graham. Shadow: 18 Clint Gutherson. Coach: Brad Fittler.

QUEENSLAND: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Corey Oates 3. Michael Morgan 4. Will Chambers 5. Dane Gagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Papalii 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire. Bench: 14. Moses Mbye 15. Christian Welch 16. Tim Glasby 17. David Fifita. Shadow: 18. Ethan Lowe. Coach: Kevin Walters.

Corey Norman and Cameron Munster training with the Maroons.

INS AND OUTS

NSW in: David Klemmer, Mitchell Pearce NSW out: Nathan Cleary, Tariq Sims

Queensland in: Corey Norman, Joe Ofahengaue, Christian Welch. Queensland out: Kalyn Ponga, Dylan Napa, Jarrod Wallace

INJURIES

The teams above will more than likely run out on Wednesday as named, with neither side carrying players with any injuries of significance. The Blues had initially picked Nathan Cleary to retain his place at halfback but made a call just two days into camp to rule him out after he failed to overcome an ankle injury, paving the way for Mitchell Pearce to be called into the side.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referees: Gerard Sutton, Ashley Klein. Touch judges: Nick Beashel, Chris Butler. Senior review official: Jared Maxwell. Video referee: Ben Galea.

ODDS

Via Sportsbet.com.au: NSW $1.40, Queensland $3.00 (correct at time of publication).

WHY NSW NEED TO WIN

NSW are trying to win consecutive State of Origin series for the first time since 2003-05. Having hit back from 1-0 down with an emphatic performance in Perth, they have given themselves a huge opportunity to do just that on home turf in Sydney.

David Klemmer runs the ball for NSW.

WHY QLD NEED TO WIN

Queensland have won 11 of the past 13 Origin series, thanks to an incredible generation of talent featuring names like Lockyer, Smith, Thurston, Cronk, Slater and Inglis. Now it's time for the likes of Munster, Cherry-Evans and Hunt to make their name under the pressure of a decider to stave off any thoughts NSW have of starting a dynasty of their own.

HOW NSW CAN WIN

The Blues showed in Game Two that they have the firepower to blow Queensland off the park if everything clicks into place. However, what has perhaps been underrated was how dominant the Blues were in the effort areas to set up that thumping win in Perth. NSW were switched on from the opening whistle with superior line speed and more desperate defence.

In order for them to repeat the Game Two result NSW need to bring the same energy and enthusiasm - at very least matching Queensland in those areas - to give them a platform for the attacking superstars like James Tedesco, Tom Trbojevic and Damien Cook to shine.

There is also the small matter of Mitchell Pearce's recall to think about. For the veteran halfback to taste an Origin series victory for the first time the Blues will need to be clever about the game plan they develop, with a significant game managing role for serial winner James Maloney crucial.

Wade Graham's Origin III role is up in the air.

HOW QUEENSLAND CAN WIN

For the Maroons to snatch another series victory from the underdog position they need to get back to what they did so effectively in Game One at Suncorp Stadium, dominate in the forwards and unleash the brilliance of Daly Cherry-Evans and Cameron Munster.

While those two are no longer the halves for the Maroons, with Corey Norman making his debut alongside captain and halfback Cherry-Evans, Munster remains arguably the most crucial player lining up for the visitors. He has the match-winning ability to create special plays out of nowhere, so if his forward pack can hold their own and frustrate the Blues' flashy outside backs, the game will set up late for Munster to win it with a piece of individual brilliance.

Cameron Munster and Billy Slater

TALE OF THE TAPE: ORIGIN 2019 RESULTS

Origin I: QLD 18 (Gagai 2, Oates tries; Ponga 3 goals) d NSW 14 (J Morris, J Trbojevic tries; Cleary 3 goals)

Origin II: NSW 38 (T Trbojevic 3, Addo-Carr 2, Frizell tries; Maloney 5, Cleary 2 goals) d QLD 6 (Chambers try; Ponga goal)

Series scoreline: NSW 1-1 Queensland

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