Sydney's extended pandemic lockdown has forced Game 3 of Australia's State of Origin series to be transferred to Newcastle.

Next Wednesday's match was scheduled to be played at the 83,500-seat Stadium Australia, but after the New South Wales government on Tuesday announced the state capital's lockdown would be extended for an extra week to 17 July, rugby league bosses hastily changed the venue.

The series closer - a dead rubber after NSW beat Queensland in the first two games - will now be played at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney. The stadium will be permitted to hold 20,000 fans, or 75% capacity.

Game 1 of the series was also transferred - from Melbourne to Townsville in far north Queensland - after the Victorian capital suffered a fresh Covid-19 outbreak.

National Rugby League CEO Andrew Abdo described the latest venue shift as "a reward for the people of Newcastle".