Canavan appointed to review NSW Origin program

The NSW Rugby League Board has today commissioned former Sydney Roosters Chief Executive Brian Canavan to conduct a full review of the NSW Origin program at the conclusion of the 2010 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series.

NSWRL General Manager Geoff Carr said the Board has today given Canavan the go-ahead for a sweeping review of all NSW State of Origin operations, including the viability and operations of a high performance unit and all facets of NSW team planning and preparation, including staffing, management structure, team selection, camp operations and schedules, coaching set-up, player mentoring and welfare, development pathways and financial operations.

“The Board is well aware of the importance of State of Origin to the people of NSW and is determined to do all it can to provide the best possible platform for the success of the team in the years ahead,” Mr Carr said today.

“Although we are up against a very special Queensland team, we believe we have the ability to win back the trophy in 2011 and Brian’s report will give us the information we need to ensure we leave no stone unturned in achieving that objective.”

Canavan, the former Roosters Chief Executive, boasts a wealth of experience across all levels of the game, having also worked in the NRL as a football manager, assistant coach and with the Queensland State of Origin team.

Part of the review will include a wide-ranging interview and evaluation process with current and former players, coaches and administrators, plus sponsors and leading officials in other sports.     

“This is a chance for the stakeholders in the team to make a positive contribution to the future of the NSW Blues,” Mr Carr said.

Mr Carr said no decisions on the set-up of the NSW team for 2011 would be made until the report was submitted and evaluated over the coming months.