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November 2015 saw plans announced for a new, state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence for the NSWRL, which will act as a training base for the NSW VB Blues and all other representative teams, and it commenced a year-long planning process to ensure the best facilities for players and staff. In August, the NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres was on hand to turn the first sod of soil at the Sydney Olympic Park site, signaling the beginning of construction for the NSWRL’s new headquarters. In November, designs for the building were finalised, with plans revealed for the full extent of the project.

When completed in late 2017, the building will adjoin a tunnel providing direct access to ANZ Stadium - originally built to transfer track-and-field athletes during the Sydney 2000 Olympics - and will also include hydrotherapy and sports science facilities, complete change rooms, an event space and administrative offices. It represents a significant moment for not only the NSW VB Blues, but the entire future of Rugby League in NSW.

Click here to view the designs for the Centre of Excellence.