State of Origin stats: Most tries, goals, appearances and more

The biggest sporting event of the Australian calendar is NSW vs QLD State of Origin. But which rugby league players have performed the best?

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New South Wales vs Queensland; cockroach vs toad; mate vs mate – nothing is better than State of Origin. At Finder, we've collected all the important data from rugby league's game of games. It all started when we produced our famous State of Origin Player Performance Index, where we ran through each individual's performance in every game in the 40-year history of State of Origin.

On this page you'll find an ever-evolving summary of all the key statistics from the history of State of Origin. Who has scored the most tries? Which team has had the most players? Who's had the most line breaks? The State of Origin stats that matter; let's dive in.

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Note: For the first 5 games of State of Origin, a try was only worth 3 points. For the sake of accurate comparison, we've adjusted the stats to the current 4 point standard for those initial matches. Also know that PI stands for Performance Index.

NSW vs QLD stats

Stat NSW QLD
Games 123 123
Wins 56 65
Draws 2 2
Series Victories 17 22
Players 300 219
Tries 340 346
Goals 320 305
Field Goals 13 11
Points 2013 2005
Home Games 48 61

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Best State of Origin stats


Most State of Origin tries

Player Team Tries
GREG INGLIS QLD 18
DARIUS BOYD QLD 17
BILLY SLATER QLD 12
DALE SHEARER QLD 11
DANE GAGAI QLD 11
JARRYD HAYNE NSW 11
MICHAEL O'CONNOR NSW 11
ALLAN LANGER QLD 10
JOSH ADDO-CARR NSW 10
DARREN LOCKYER QLD 9
VALENTINE HOLMES QLD 9
TOM TRBOJEVIC NSW 9
ANTHONY MINICHIELLO NSW 8
BRAD FITTLER NSW 8
TIMANA TAHU NSW 8
ANDREW ETTINGSHAUSEN NSW 7
BOB LINDNER QLD 7
ISRAEL FOLAU QLD 7
JAMES TEDESCO NSW 7
RYAN GIRDLER NSW 7
WALLY LEWIS QLD 7

Most State of Origin goals

Player Team Goals
JOHNATHAN THURSTON QLD 99
MAL MENINGA QLD 69
MICHAEL O'CONNOR NSW 42
ANDREW JOHNS NSW 37
JAMES MALONEY NSW 31
NATHAN CLEARY NSW 29
RYAN GIRDLER NSW 27
ROD WISHART NSW 23
DARREN LOCKYER QLD 22
CRAIG FITZGIBBON NSW 20
CAMERON SMITH QLD 17
GARY BELCHER QLD 16
MICHAEL CRONIN NSW 14
VALENTINE HOLMES QLD 14
MAT ROGERS QLD 12
TRENT HODKINSON NSW 11
WAYNE BARTRIM QLD 11
ROSS CONLON NSW 10
TIM BRASHER NSW 9
JULIAN O'NEILL QLD 9
JAMIE SOWARD NSW 9

Most State of Origin field goals

Player Team Field Goals
ANDREW JOHNS NSW 4
JOHNATHAN THURSTON QLD 2
DARREN LOCKYER QLD 2
WALLY LEWIS QLD 2
BRAD FITTLER NSW 2
COOPER CRONK QLD 2
BEN ELIAS NSW 2
BRETT FINCH NSW 1
MICHAEL O'CONNOR NSW 1
MAT ROGERS QLD 1
JOHN SIMON NSW 1
ALLAN LANGER QLD 1
SHAUN TIMMINS NSW 1
TRENT BARRETT NSW 1
JASON SMITH QLD 1

Most State of Origin points

Player Team Points
JOHNATHAN THURSTON QLD 220
MAL MENINGA QLD 162
MICHAEL O'CONNOR NSW 129
ANDREW JOHNS NSW 94
DARREN LOCKYER QLD 82
RYAN GIRDLER NSW 82
GREG INGLIS QLD 72
JAMES MALONEY NSW 70
DARIUS BOYD QLD 68
ROD WISHART NSW 66
VALENTINE HOLMES QLD 64
NATHAN CLEARY NSW 58
DALE SHEARER QLD 56
CAMERON SMITH QLD 54
GARY BELCHER QLD 48
BILLY SLATER QLD 48
CRAIG FITZGIBBON NSW 44
DANE GAGAI QLD 44
JARRYD HAYNE NSW 44
ALLAN LANGER QLD 41

Most State of Origin appearances

Name Team Games
Cameron Smith QLD 42
Johnathan Thurston QLD 37
Darren Lockyer QLD 36
Allan Langer QLD 34
Petero Civoniceva QLD 33
Greg Inglis QLD 32
Mal Meninga QLD 32
Nate Myles QLD 32
Brad Fittler NSW 31
Billy Slater QLD 31
Wally Lewis QLD 31
Sam Thaiday QLD 29
Darius Boyd QLD 28
Steven Price QLD 28
Andrew Ettingshausen NSW 27
Dale Shearer QLD 26
Bob Lindner QLD 25
Paul Gallen NSW 24
Gary Larson QLD 24
Justin Hodges QLD 24
Matt Sing QLD 24
Andrew Johns NSW 23
Jarryd Hayne NSW 23
Laurie Daley NSW 23

Most State of Origin losses

Name Team Losses
Darren Lockyer QLD 17
Allan Langer QLD 17
Mal Meninga QLD 17
Cameron Smith QLD 16
Dale Shearer QLD 15
Paul Gallen NSW 15
Petero Civoniceva QLD 14
Brad Fittler NSW 14
Matt Sing QLD 14
Jarryd Hayne NSW 14
Johnathan Thurston QLD 13
Greg Inglis QLD 13
Steven Price QLD 13
Gary Larson QLD 13
Darren Smith QLD 13
Shane Webcke QLD 13
Mitchell Pearce NSW 13
Billy Slater QLD 12
Wally Lewis QLD 12
Andrew Ettingshausen NSW 12
Bob Lindner QLD 12
Brent Tate QLD 12
Kevin Walters QLD 12
Mark Coyne QLD 12
Greg Bird NSW 12
Gorden Tallis QLD 12

Best State of Origin performances

When Who Team PI
Game 1 2002 BRETT HODGSON NSW 222
Game 3 1998 SAM BACKO QLD 188
Game 2 1990 GARY BELCHER QLD 183
Game 1 2018 JAMES TEDESCO NSW 177
Game 3 2019 JAMES TEDESCO NSW 171
Game 1 1984 GENE MILES QLD 164
Game 3 2002 TRENT BARRETT NSW 163
Game 3 2009 ANTHONY WATMOUGH NSW 162
Game 3 2003 SHAUN BERRIGAN QLD 158
Game 3 1983 MARK MURRAY QLD 156
Game 1 2021 TOM TRBOJEVIC NSW 156
Game 1 1990 BRADLEY CLYDE NSW 153
Game 2 2008 GREG INGLIS QLD 153
Game 1 1985 BRETT KENNY NSW 151
Game 2 1985 BRETT KENNY NSW 151
Game 2 2009 JARRYD HAYNE NSW 151
Game 1 2017 JAMES TEDESCO NSW 151
Game 2 2020 JAMES TEDESCO NSW 151
Game 2 1986 GARY BELCHER QLD 150
Game 1 1987 GENE MILES QLD 150

Best State of Origin performance average (minimum 3 games)

Player TEAM Average PI
SAM BACKO QLD 111
JAMES TEDESCO NSW 105
PAUL HAUFF QLD 104
LES DAVIDSON NSW 102
WAYNE PEARCE NSW 96
GARY BELCHER QLD 93
PETER WYNN NSW 93
PAUL GALLEN NSW 92
DAMIEN COOK NSW 89
BRADLEY CLYDE NSW 88
BRIAN TO'O NSW 88
BILLY MOORE QLD 87
GAVIN MILLER NSW 87
GENE MILES QLD 86
RAY PRICE QLD 86
GREG DOWLING QLD 83
ANTHONY MINICHIELLO NSW 82
LES BOYD NSW 82
ROD MORRIS QLD 82
TOM TRBOJEVIC NSW 82

Best State of Origin performances by a substitute

Game Player Team POINTS
Game 3 2010 KURT GIDLEY NSW 134
Game 3 2020 HARRY GRANT QLD 117
Game 1 2008 ANTHONY LAFFRANCHI NSW 111
Game 3 2013 ANDREW FIFITA NSW 108
Game 1 2001 JOHN DOYLE QLD 99
Game 3 2011 KURT GIDLEY NSW 98
Game 3 2004 WILLIE MASON NSW 95
Game 1 1992 GAVIN ALLEN QLD 94
Game 2 1995 STEVE MENZIES NSW 93
Game 3 1999 PAUL GREEN QLD 90
Game 1 2003 LUKE BAILEY NSW 90
Game 1 2008 NATE MYLES QLD 90
Game 3 2003 CRAIG WING NSW 89
Game 3 2017 DAVID KLEMMER NSW 86
Game 3 2000 ANDREW JOHNS NSW 85
Game 2 2000 ANDREW JOHNS NSW 85
Game 2 1999 MARTIN LANG QLD 84
Game 3 2000 DAVID FURNER NSW 84
Game 3 2005 LUKE BAILEY NSW 83
Game 1 2019 CAMERON MURRAY NSW 83
Game 3 2019 PAUL VAUGHAN NSW 83

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