The iconic MCG has been locked in to host game one of the 2021 State of Origin series, Brisbane will be the venue for the second match with Sydney scoring the series finale.
The Ampol State of Origin Series will kick off in Melbourne on Wednesday, June 9, before Suncorp Stadium gets its turn on Sunday, June 27. Stadium Australia will be the venue for the third match on Wednesday, July 14.
Storm teammates Cameron Munster and Dale Finucane are likely to again be on opposing sides in their adopted home city.
Returning to play Origin in Melbourne for the first time since 2018 was about showcasing rugby league to as many people as possible in a COVID-safe environment with the MCG representing an important opportunity to do that, according to NRL CEO Andrew Abdo.
"We’re excited to be taking Australia’s biggest sporting brand to Melbourne for the 10th time," he said.
"The last year has been incredibly challenging for Victorians with the extended lockdowns and challenges. We’re delighted to be bringing Ampol State of Origin back to the city. It will give fans an exceptional live sports experience, and bring interstate visitors back to the hotels and restaurants."