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Unlike most jobs, Rugby League has a very small career window, and many players struggle adjusting to life after retirement.

The NSW VB Blues are among the best of the best, and the players are setting a perfect example by obtaining various qualifications while they participate in the greatest game of all.

Twenty-one of the twenty-three NSW Origin players used in the 2016 Series had completed or are completing tertiary education courses in preparation for life after football.

Thirty-four courses in total have been undertaken by the 2016 NSW Origin squad. These courses ranged from Certificate II to Bachelor Degree’s. These include:


Josh Mansour:

·      Cert III in Carpentry

·      Diploma of Business


James Tedesco:

·      Bachelor of Health & Exercise Science


Josh Dugan:

·      Cert III in Drugs and Alcohol

·      Diploma Community Services


Michael Jennings:

·      Cert II in Sport and Recreation


Josh Morris:

·      Cert IV in Building and Carpentry

·      Diploma of Business


Brett Morris:

·      Cert III & IV Fitness

·      Cert III Building & Carpentry

·      Diploma of Business


Blake Ferguson:

·      Cert II in Sport and Recreation


James Maloney:

·      Cert IV in Building and Construction


Robbie Farah:

·      Cert III & IV in Fitness

·      Bachelor of Economics


Adam Reynolds:

·      Cert III in Small Business


Aaron Woods:

·      Cert IV in Personal Training

·      Diploma of Small Business


Paul Gallen:

·      Diploma Of Management


Josh Jackson:

·      Diploma of Business

·      Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science


Tyson Frizell:

·      Cert IV in Frontline Management

·      Cert IV in Small Business

·      Cert IV in Building and Construction


Jack Bird:

·      Traineeship in Frontline Management

·      Cert IV in Fitness

·      Cert IV in Legal Requirements

·      Cert IV in Building Interpreting Plans and Specifications


James Tamou:

·      Cert III & IV in Fitness

·      Cert III in Sport and Recreation


Greg Bird:

·      Cert IV in Youth Work


David Klemmer:

·      Cert IV in Youth Work


Bryce Cartwright:

·      Traineeship in Sport and Recreation

·      Cert III in Fitness

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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