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

The mystery remains as to whether Ray Warren will call Origin, and Nine doesn’t know anything about his chances of commenting on what would be their 100th Blues vs. Maroons clash.

  • The so-called veteran hasn’t commented on any NRL levels since the 2021 decider
  • He is considered a 50/50 chance to comment on the State of Origin this year.
  • Warren is afraid of making a mistake and has a big decision to make.
  • If you decide to comment, you will achieve 100 Origin games as a caller

The opening clash of State of Origin is just over two weeks away, but mystery still surrounds the availability of veteran Ray Warren.

If Warren is in the box to comment on Origin’s opening, he’ll mark 100 games behind the microphone for Origin’s voice.

However, Channel Nine officials are now looking to implement a contingency plan with Warren still uncertain of taking his place on the commentary team.

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

Warren poses for a photo before the first game 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 list,” Warren told the daily telegraph in March.

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

Warren met with Nine sporting 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 crash will look like without Warren, who is a ’50-50 proposition’ to be aboard 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 commented since the 2021 grand final.

“I’m tortured by it,” Warren said. The daily telegraph in March.

I am full of fear. I would hate to wake up one day and think I made the wrong call.

‘You can’t jump in and then go 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 leave you 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

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

Warren had originally considered retiring after 2020’s State of Origin series, which had to cancel a television screen at a Sydney studio due to the Covid pandemic and restrictions on who could attend and work on the games.

“I’ll sit back and relax and enjoy Christmas and January and then I’ll make a decision,” he said at the time.

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

‘If I had announced it before the game, I wouldn’t have gotten over it. I get very excited when I think about it.

‘It’s hard to imagine what it would be like without broadcasting sports. Five and a half decades have passed. I’ve never really treated it like a job. It is more like a toy or a novelty. I have been very lucky.

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