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State of Origin Coaches NSW's  Laurie Daley  and QLD's Mal Meniga press conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground .Picture Gregg Porteous

NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley has congratulated new Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga on his latest role.

Meninga was announced as the new national coach in Sydney this morning, a role Daley believes will suit his former Canberra and Kangaroos teammate.

“He’s done a terrific job with Queensland, he deserves the opportunity and I’m sure he’ll do just as good a job with Australia,” Daley told

“I think he’s shown he can bring a team together, he can mould a team and that’s what he’s been able to do with Queensland and he’s had success.

“If that’s what he wants to do (coach Australia), he’s certainly the obvious choice given what he’s been able to achieve. He set out to do that, he’s got it and it’s great to see him be given the opportunity.”

Daley insisted the VB Blues’ task wouldn’t be any less challenging without Meninga in the Queensland fold.

“It won’t be any easier for us. I think [talk like that] would be pretty disrespectful to the Maroons’ playing group,” Daley said.

“While he’s had a major impact, whoever takes over will put their stamp on it and they’re walking into a good group… I’m sure whoever takes over will be very honoured to be given the position and they’ll be ready to go.”

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