Mystery remains over whether Ray Warren will call his 100th Origin – with Nine none the wiser


Mystery remains over whether Ray Warren will call Origin – with Nine none the wiser about his chances of commentating on what would be his 100th Blues vs Maroons clash

  • The veteran call has not commentated any level of NRL since the 2021 decider
  • He is regarded as a 50/50 chance to commentate in the State of Origin this year 
  • Warren is wary of making a mistake and has a big decision to make
  • If he decides to commentate, he will achieve 100 Origin games as a caller 

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There is little more than two weeks until the opening State of Origin clash but mystery still surrounds the availability of veteran caller Ray Warren.

If Warren is in the box to commentate the opening Origin it will mark 100 games behind the microphone for the voice of Origin.

However Channel Nine officials are now looking to put a contingency plan in place with Warren still no certainty to take his place in the commentary team. 

Warren poses for a photo before game one of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on May 31, 2017

‘I actually asked them not to put me on the roster,” Warren told the Daily Telegraph in March.

‘I need more time and Channel 9 understands the enormity of my decision. They’ve been very generous and told me to take my time.’

Warren met with Nine sports director Brent Williams during the week, but no decision was made, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. 

Nine bosses are scrambling to determine what the interstate clash will look like without Warren, who is a ’50-50 proposition’ to be on board for Origin I on Wednesday, June 8.

Matt Thompson is in the running to replace Warren as play-by-play announcer if he doesn’t return.

 It has been reported that Warren has no desire to push for the milestone, but is worried about making a mistake on the big stage. He has not commentated since the 2021 grand final.

‘I’m tortured by it,’ Warren told The Daily Telegraph in March.

‘I’m full of fear. I’d hate to wake up one day and think I’ve made the wrong call.

‘You can’t jump out then jump back in. And I don’t want to undo or damage anything good that I’ve done over a long period of time.

‘Honestly I’m not trying to do a Cameron Smith and keep them guessing. I’m still thinking about it.’


Ray Warren poses for a portrait after being inducted into the 2019 NRL Hall of Fame at Carriageworks

Warren had originally considered retirement following the 2020 State of Origin series which he had to call off a television screen in a Sydney studio because of the Covid pandemic and restrictions on who could attend and work at games.

‘I’m going to sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas and January and then make a decision,’ he said at the time.

‘It might have been my last grand final the other week, I honestly don’t know.

‘If I’d announced before the game I wouldn’t have got through it. I get very emotional when I think about it.

‘It’s hard to imagine what it would be like without broadcasting sport. It’s been five-and-a-half decades. I’ve never really treated it as a job. It’s more like a toy or a novelty. I’ve been really fortunate.’



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