Mystery remains over whether Ray Warren will call Origin with Nine not being more privy to his chances to comment on what would be his 100th Blues vs Maroons clash
- Veterans call has not commented on any NRL level since 2021 decider
- He is considered a 50/50 chance to comment in the original state this year
- Warren fears making a mistake and has a big decision to make
- If he decides to comment, he will make 100 Origin games as a caller
With just over two weeks to go until the first matchup on the State of Origin, mystery still surrounds the availability of veteran caller Ray Warren.
If Warren is in the box commentating on Origin’s opening he’ll score 100 matches behind the mic for Origin’s voice.
However, Channel Nine officials are now looking to put a contingency plan in place, with Warren still unsure if he will take his place on the commentary team.
Warren poses for a photo before the State Of Origin Series first game 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 were very generous and told me to take my time.
Warren met with Nine sporting director Brent Williams during the week, but no decision has been made, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Nine bosses are jostling to determine what the interstate clash 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 was reported that Warren had no desire to take the step, but was worried about making a mistake on the big stage. He hasn’t commented since the 2021 Grand Final.
“I’m tortured by it,” Warren told 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 and then jump back. And I don’t want to undo or damage anything good that I’ve done for a long period of time.
“Honestly, I’m not trying to do a Cameron Smith and make them guess. I still think about it.
Ray Warren poses for a portrait after being inducted into the 2019 NRL Hall of Fame at Carriageworks
Warren originally considered retiring after the 2020 State of Origin series he had to cancel a TV screen at a Sydney studio due to the Covid pandemic and restrictions on who could attend and work the games.
“I’m going to sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas and January and then make a decision,” he said at the time.
“It may have been my last Grand Final the other week, honestly, I don’t know.
“If I had announced before the game, I wouldn’t have succeeded. I get very emotional when I think about it.
“It’s hard to imagine what it would be like without broadcasting the 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 really got lucky.