'Blues in Waiting' squad announced
NSW Blues Coach Ricky Stuart has today announced a 51 man squad which will be invited to attend a “Blues in Waiting” camp at Homebush in January.
The three day camp will begin Friday January 21 at 3pm and will conclude Sunday January 23 at 11am.
Stuart said one of the main objectives of the camp is to have players eligible for NSW Origin aware of pathways for selection and have some further knowledge regarding the tradition and history of State of Origin Rugby League.
“I am of firm belief that Origin victories are built on the culture and attitude of players and their desire to have respect for the NSW jumper,” Stuart said.
“I am fully aware of the differences required for players to adapt to Origin football as compared to the weekly grind of the premiership and hopefully with these players we can make a difference at Origin time.
“Many of the players have progressed from very successful junior representative sides for New South Wales and into NRL teams and we believe they have the ability to progress further into senior Origin teams.
“One of the key messages for our “Blues in Waiting” squad members will be that all they can do is prepare and be ready for when this time arrives.”
The players will be put through some individual testing at the New South Wales Institute of Sport and one skill/drill session on the Saturday 21st at Homebush.
2011 Blues in Waiting Squad:
Aiden Tolman, Jamal Idris, Josh Jackson, Kris Keating, Trent Hodkinson, Aidan Sezer, Josh Morris (Bulldogs), Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan, Jarrod Croker, Josh McCrone, Joel Thompson, Alan Tongue, Drury Low (Raiders), Tariq Sims (Cowboys), Matt Prior, Jamie Soward, Cameron King (Dragons), Tim Mannah, Joel Reddy (Eels), Cory Paterson, Jarrod Mullen, Akuila Uate (Knights), Tony Williams, Will Hopoate (Sea Eagles), Tim Grant, Lachlan Coote (Panthers), Mitch Aubusson, Boyd Cordner, Kane Linnett, Joseph Leilua (Roosters), Luke Douglas, Kade Snowden, Albert Kelly, Stewart Mills, Nathan Gardner (Sharks), Dylan Farrell, Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mitch Johnson, Dane Chisholm, Beau Champion (Storm), Ryan James, Mark Minichiello, Kevin Gordon (Titans), Keith Galloway, Andrew Fifita, Aaron Woods, Simon Dwyer, Chris Heighington, Tim Moltzen, Blake Ayshford (Tigers).