Stuart begins Origin preparations

New South Wales Blues coach Ricky Stuart will begin his State of Origin preparations (on Friday) when he holds his inaugural ‘Blues in waiting’ camp at the Pullman Hotel, Sydney Olympic Park.

Stuart sees the camp as an integral part of preparations for one of the toughest jobs in Rugby League, defeating arguably the greatest Queensland side in Origin history.

“Origin victories are built on the culture and attitude of players and their desire to have respect for the NSW jumper,” Stuart said.

“Preparations for a State of Origin Series are vastly different to the weekly grind of the NRL so if we can start to address certain aspects of our preparation over the weekend then the camp will be a success.”

New South Wales Rugby League General Manager, Geoff Carr, believes the camp will be beneficial for both players and staff.

“The strength of this squad shows the quality and depth of talent New South Wales has,” Carr said.

“The majority of these players have progressed through our junior development pathways and I think this camp is an important innovation in bridging the gap between the NSW under 18 side and Origin football.”The three day camp will begin (today) at 3pm and will conclude Sunday January 23 at 11am.