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NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres turned the first sod of soil on the NSWRL Centre of Excellence.

Major work started today on the $20 million New South Wales Rugby League Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, set to deliver highest quality training facilities and  ensure the future success of Rugby League in the State.

NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres joined NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley and NSW Rugby League Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM to turn the first sod on the ‘game changing’ facility.

"NSW remains the spiritual home of Rugby League, so from our perspective, investing in world class training and administration facilities is exactly what the sport deserves," Mr Ayres said.

"The first stage of the build will provide a full size training field next to the Athletic Centre and a new building for specialised support facilities and the offices of the NSW Rugby League.

"The $10 million NSW Government funding toward the facility highlights the strong commitment to grow Sydney Olympic Park as a sporting and business gateway to Western Sydney."