Rugby league: Eden Park emerges as potential venue for opening State of Origin clash - report

Eden Park has emerged as a potential host venue for November's opening State of Origin clash. 

Sydney's Daily Telegraph is reporting the NRL is considering the Auckland stadium if Australian COVID-19 restrictions on capacity crowds continue.

As it stands, Adelaide is scheduled to host Game One, but reports suggest the NRL is keen to bank a hefty profit for the annual series, while the South Australian Tourism Commission will only agree to host the match if the stands are full. 

Any shift to New Zealand would be dependent on a trans-Tasman bubble.

The report says Perth and Sydney are also in the running, as their positive coronavirus cases continue to significantly drop daily. 

"New Zealand makes sense. We'll certainly look at it," an NRL official told the Telegraph.

The NRL is slowly introducing limited spectators into venues for club games, while Supercars announced on Tuesday that 4500 fans will be allowed to attend the Darwin event in August. 

In comparison, Super Rugby Aotearoa has attracted strong crowds across the opening three games including a sell-out for the Blues v Hurricanes games at Eden Park on opening weekend. 

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