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NRL: What is on in the week ahead

We have a mammoth week of sport to look forward to with the State of Origin decider between Queensland and New South Wales taking place, while there is also British Open golf, Rugby Union, AFL and NRL all on the agenda.

State of Origin is on a knife edge with the series level at 1-1 and excitement and anticipation is building ahead of the game three decider that will take place in Brisbane.

It is too close to call but Queensland will be hoping a packed Suncorp Stadium and home advantage could give them the edge.

Round 18 of the NRL also takes place with all 16 teams in action from Friday through to Sunday.

It is also round 18 of the AFL with a couple of games in particular standing out as the race for the minor premiership and finals hots up.

The Wallabies and England will also go head-to-head in the third and final Test. England levelled the series on Saturday and we now head to Sydney for the decider.

To complete a great week of sporting action there is also British Open golf to look forward to with a number of Aussie players hoping to shine.

What: Queensland v New South Wales
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When: 20:00 (AEST) Wednesday 13th July 2022
How to watch: Channel 9, Foxtel
Odds: Queensland 47/20, New South Wales 1/3

As far as the Australian sporting calendar goes it does not get much bigger than a State of Origin decider in Brisbane.

Queensland won the opener in Sydney, but after making a number of changes to their side, New South Wales responded with a resounding victory in Perth for game two.

Now all eyes turn to Brisbane for the decider and it has not been a happy hunting ground for NSW in years gone by. They have only won three of the 15 Origin games that have been played there and the last one was back in 2017.

It is too close to call. But one thing is certain. A pulsating, exciting game is on the cards.

What: Wallabies v England
Where: SCG, Sydney
When: 19:55, Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watch: Channel 9
Odds: Wallabies 4/5, England 1/1

Another decider to look forward to this week. This time in Rugby Union as the old enemies of Australia and England battle it out in Sydney.

The Wallabies got the series off to a fine start with a narrow 30-28 win in Perth last week, but England came fighting back in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Eddie Jones’ side picked up a 25-17 victory at Suncorp Stadium and will be out to wrap up another series win down under after winning 3-0 on their last visit.

The biggest worry for Wallabies coach Dave Rennie will be what kind of side he will be able to put out. The injury list has grown following the defeat on Saturday night and it looks as though a patched-up side will have to take to the pitch in the decider.

What: The British Open Golf Championship
Where: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
When: Thursday 14th July to Sunday 17th July 2022
Odds: Rory McIlroy 10/1, Cameron Smith 25/1, Adam Scott 80/1

Arguably the biggest Major out of the four, the British Open gets underway at the home of golf, St Andrews on Thursday.

It will be the 150th edition of the tournament and the world’s greatest players will be out to write their name into the history books with victory on the famous old course.

Rory McIlroy is rested and ready to go and looks to be the one to beat over the four days. Australia’s biggest hope is Cameron Smith once again.

Smith already has two big wins this season and finished tied for third in the Masters at Augusta.


Round 18 of the NRL gets underway on Friday night with a big game between the Cowboys and Sharks, while Parramatta also entertain the New Zealand Warriors.

There are three games on the Saturday with the Sydney Roosters facing the Dragons. The Manly Sea Eagles play Newcastle and the Titans face the Broncos.

On Sunday the Tigers and Panthers go head-to-head, the Storm entertain the Raiders and the Bulldogs play the Rabbitohs.


The Bulldogs face St Kilda on Friday night to kick-off round 18 with both sides needing to win to boost their finals hopes.

Then it is on to super Saturday with Fremantle in action against Sydney, Carlton host Geelong, while Collingwood travel to Adelaide.

Brisbane are also away at GWS and North Melbourne entertain Richmond.

There are three games to wrap up the round on Sunday. The highlight being Melbourne against Port Adelaide. Hawthorn play the West Coast Eagles and Essendon face the Gold Coast.

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