Applications Open for 2023 Ampol Little Origin Series

Sydney – Thursday 9 March 

Applications are now open for students across New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience and play in the 2023 Ampol Little Origin series as the special competition makes its return for a third year.

Ampol Little Origin sees Year 5 and Year 6 students from ten schools win the chance to play on one of the biggest stages in Australian sport and take to the field at half-time throughout the NRL Ampol State of Origin and Women’s State of Origin series.

Queensland NRL Legend and Ampol Little Origin ambassador Sam Thaiday will help the winning schools prepare for their Origin showdown by hosting a special training session alongside other icons of the game before the students don their Maroons or Blues jersey.

The winning schools will also receive a $5,000 grant to aid their school’s Rugby League program. Ampol Little Origin ambassador Sam Thaiday said:

"It's a privilege to help develop the Rugby League stars of tomorrow through the Ampol Little Origin series.

"Running on to the field and playing in front of a huge crowd is an exhilarating feeling that these students will experience with their peers and remember for life.

"Grassroots Rugby League is not only so important to the growth of our game, but it also plays a huge role in the local community, and I am so proud to partner with Ampol Little Origin to help support our Rugby League community and develop the future generation of Rugby League players."

Jenny O'Regan, Ampol Chief Brand Officer, said: "We're excited to be bringing Ampol Little Origin back for its third year with the aim of providing a special and unforgettable experience for young Australians with a passion for rugby league.

"We are also proud to provide $50,000 in grants to support the participating schools provide their students with access to the best sports programs to support health and wellbeing out of the classroom.

"We are looking forward to continuing our support of grassroots NRL and growing the game through opportunities such as Ampol Little Origin.”

Jaymes Boland-Rudder, NRL Executive General Manager – Partnerships said: "The Ampol Little Origin series has quickly become a staple of the Ampol State of Origin series and we are thrilled to see it return again in 2023 as Ampol continues to develop and support players at the grassroots level.

"We look forward to watching the students participate at half-time and are excited to see what 2023 has in store for what will be a historic Ampol State of Origin series."

The first 50 schools to register for the 2023 Ampol Little Origin series will receive an official NRL prize pack to use in their Rugby League school program, including balls, cones, a coach's pack and more.

Anyone can apply on behalf of their school, with applications closing on Thursday, April 6.

For more information and to apply on behalf of your school for the Ampol Little Origin experience, visit

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