NSWRL's Media Wrap No.5
Our Home Ground’s Renovation
The NSW Government approved the fast-tracking of the major refurbishment of the ground where the VB Blues call home, ANZ Stadium. Premier Mike Baird expressed his desire of turning our home into a world-class rectangular football stadium throughout the week through his Facebook page. It comes at an ideal time for the NSWRL, with the Centre of Excellence in the process of being built just next to ANZ Stadium.
The best players in NSW’s under-16s and under-18s systems have been training under the watchful eye of State of Origin legends. Our best young talent gathered at Narrabeen this week, showing their skills in front of some of our best ever Blues.
VB Blues front-rower Aaron Woods succumbed to a leg injury in the Wests Tigers Round 6 match against Newcastle. Woods’ future and 2016 Origin prospects remain unclear, with Laurie Daley discussing potential replacements in his Daley News segment.
Talking of the Daley News, Laurie has got plenty of people chatting about Origin after revealing his certainties - and bolters - in his latest weekly chat with Blocker. This week's hot topics include Andrew Fifita, Adam Reynolds, James Maloney and the comeback - yes, you read that right, of Anthony "The Man" Mundine.
Juniors’ Big Day
Tomorrow marks Finals Week One for the 2016 Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions, with quadruple headers scheduled for both St Marys and Campbelltown. This year’s under-16s and under-18s have been the most hard-fought comps in recent seasons, with this season's finals series wide open.
The Fast Lane
A fortnight ago, Shaun Lane was thinking about his future at Canterbury – now he’s making a home for himself across the ditch in Auckland. The Warriors’ new recruit starred for the Stacey Jones-coached side in his debut, with Lane telling NSWRL.com.au of the challenges of the shift at the end of the match. For the latest on the Intrust Super Premiership NSW be sure to catch The Wrap each and every week.