Origin marks a return to hallowed turf at MCG

MELBOURNE  - Melbourne NRL captain Cameron Smith has long dreamed of his 15 minutes of fame playing on the hallowed MCG turf.

The Test and Maroons skipper's dream is set to come true with State of Origin returning to the famed colosseum for game two next year as well as a match in 2018.

Origin was last played at the MCG in 1997.

Smith said he doubted he would ever get the chance to play at the iconic venue.

"I've been to four AFL grand finals as a spectator and I can't imagine being down on the ground when it's at near capacity."

The origin clash between NSW and Queensland at the MCG in 1994 drew 87,161 spectators. - AAP 

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