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A combined metropolitan and regional audience of 3.973 million viewers has tuned in to watch the NSW VB Blues defeat the Queensland XXXX Maroons in the opening match of the 2013 Holden State of Origin Series.

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, said the NSW Blues had taken the first step to regaining the State of Origin trophy by winning the series opener in front of a record crowd at ANZ Stadium.

Having led the Socceroos superbly in the 1-1 draw with Japan, captain Lucas Neill wants Australia's football fans to turn out in support of their team as they chase a World Cup place.

The Socceroos were unlucky not to claim three points against Japan in Saitama on Tuesday, with Tommy Oar's goal cancelled out by a late penalty from the boot of Keisuke Honda.

The biggest Game I crowd in Holden State of Origin history has tonight watched the NSW VB Blues defeat the Queensland XXXX Maroons 14-6 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.

The crowd of 80,380 surpassed the previous Game I record of 72,773 set in 2006.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has once again kept the official cash rate on hold at 2.75%.

The NSW Swifts threw everything they had at the Adelaide Thunderbirds but were unable to overcome the ladders leaders, going down 43-46 in front of a record-breaking regular season home crowd at Allphones Arena of 8,021 supporters on Sunday.

 The amazing crowd really got behind their team.

“I can’t believe there is over 8,000 people here,” Swifts coach Lisa Beehag said.

All match tickets to Holden State of Origin Game 1 include travel on public transport to and from ANZ Stadium on CityRail services, all regular route bus services across Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses and Sydney Ferries services.

Statement by Peter Anderson, Chief Executive Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

For the first time, Australia’s key mental health providers have united with the NRL to launch a mental wellness campaign that will use the profile of the most watched series in Australian sport to help breakdown stereotypes and stigmas in relation to mental health.

ANZ Stadium will turn blue with a spectacular laser light show, Central Station is dressed in blue and the entire state of NSW is ready to get behind NSW coach Laurie Daley in the final countdown to Origin I in Sydney this Wednesday 5 June.