New NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley began the arduous task of wrestling State of Origin supremacy away from Queensland when he oversaw an NSWRL Origin Pathways Camp at Narrabeen over the weekend.
The program, originally conceptualised by Ricky Stuart, helps identify future Origin talent and assists them in becoming what Daley and his staff call “Origin ready”.
The 32 man squad went through their paces over three days at the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation and the camp included addresses from key note speakers, lectures on sports psychology and lengthy field sessions on the training paddock.
“Camps like these one are crucial to not only our success at State of Origin level,” NSWRL High Performance Manager, Wayne Portlock said.
“They are also to key to continued success at age group representative level and VB NSW Cup Representative level because some of these players may progress through our open age competitions.
“We want these men to be ready for the call up to Origin when they receive it and to be able to slip into the culture we are trying to create with ease.”
Daley and his management team have plans for an Emerging Blues camp early in the New Year and this camp will be targeted at NRL players who he believes are a year or two away from playing in the sky blue jersey.
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