National anthem

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has today confirmed the National Anthem will continue to be played at State of Origin.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM said: “Our decision not to play the anthem was never about politics. We have always been committed to the anthem as shown at the Grand Final last weekend.

“The original decision not to play the anthem at Origin was about the rivalry and tribalism associated with the Origin Series.

“However, having listened to the public response and given the strong national unity in fighting the COVID pandemic together, the Commission has decided it is important to ensure that unity continues.

“We have always been a Commission that listens to our fans. We have heard the message and acted accordingly.”

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