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Phil Gould and Brad Fittler:     Representative Rugby League, State of Origin 3, NSW V QLD at Telstra Stadium, Sydney 7th July 2004. Digital image by Robb Cox, © Action Photographics

Origin is almost here! We're celebrating this incredible time of year by counting down our favourite NSW Origin memories. With just six days to go, here’s our sixth-ranked all-time favourite Blues moment - Freddy and Gus' fitting farewell.


The image captures the extremely emotional moment two greatly admired NSW State of Origin icons blew time on their respective representative coaching and playing careers.

Taken after fulltime of Game III of the 2004 series, where NSW won the match 36-14 and claimed the series 2-1, the image captures a magic moment in NSW Origin and indeed Rugby League history.

Phil Gould – the Blues’ most successful ever coach – took arguably his biggest risk by bringing NSW legend Brad Fittler out of representative retirement in Games II and III of that year's series.

Fittler answered the call... and he scored the final NSW try in Game III to seal the game and the series for the Blues. A fitting end to the representative careers of two rugby league legends – and a fitting way for the public to farewell them both.


What’s your favourite NSW VB Blues Magic Moment? Let us know via Facebook (NSW Blues) and Twitter (@NSWRL) using the #uptheblues hashtag.

Will you be in a position to witness more iconic moments this Origin series? Answer the call and get behind your NSW VB Blues when they take on Queensland in this year’s Holden State of Origin. The only Origin match in Sydney this year is played on May 27. There’s no better way to support the Blues than being a part of the Blatchys Blues crowd - join the Official NSW VB Blues supporter bays for Origin I here.