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Adelaide to host State of Origin in 2020

Adelaide will host a State of Origin match when rugby league's fiercest series hits the road again in 2020.

The deal on Wednesday between the NRL and the South Australian government sets up the third consecutive series in which a game is played outside NSW and Queensland.

Melbourne is set to host its ninth State of Origin match in 2018 before the series ventures to Perth for the first time in 2019.

The only other city to host a game of the series is California's Los Angeles in 1987.

The South Australian government described the deal as "another massive coup" for the Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide's premier sporting venue has hosted three NRL matches since 2010 and is set to host a fourth in Round 16 this year when the Roosters face the Storm.

But crowds for the three games have reached a combined 41,800 - well short of the ground's 53,500 capacity.

NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan and SA Sports Minister Leon Bignell are expected to address the media about the deal on Wednesday.

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