NSW are determined to leave no stone unturned in their bid to end Queensland’s eight years of State of Origin dominance at their new Coffs Harbour base.
After eight successive State of Origin defeats, NSW are leaving no stone unturned in their attempts to end Queensland’s dominance.
The Blues players arrived in Coffs Harbour, in northern NSW, on Tuesday evening and got straight down to work early on Wednesday morning with a run on the beach before breakfast followed by a behind-closed-doors training session.
A large media pack were refused entry to watch the team by a security guard until 11am (AEST) at the Blues’ camp at the Pacific Bay resort, the former base of the Wallabies rugby side.
It’s a far cry from previous years when the players and staff would set up in the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee and train on the local oval in front of members of the public.
“We’re away from Sydney, there’s no distractions here and we can concentrate solely on football,” said centre Josh Morris.
“There is plenty of distractions in Coogee and not much around here but this is one of the best facilities in Australia and hopefully it can help us.”
In addition to the new surroundings, NSW coach Laurie Daley has beefed up his support staff to 22 and hired the services of highly-respected sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan who works for the Australian Catholic University.
Duncan has previously been employed by A-League sides Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers and will be working as performance manager for the team throughout the series.
He will be using a team of interns from the university to ensure each player is thoroughly assessed throughout camp in the lead up to next Wednesday’s series opener in Brisbane.
“This is the direction that Laurie wants to take us in and ensure that we are ultra professional,” Morris said.
“If this can help us in any way possible then it is only going to benefit NSW.”