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NSW debutant Jack Bird on the Blues bench during Origin II.

Unlike most jobs, rugby league has a very small career window, and many players struggle adjusting to life after retirement.

The NSW VB Blues are among the best of the best, and the players are setting a perfect example by obtaining various qualifications while they participate in the greatest game of all.

Twenty-one of the twenty-three NSW Origin players used in the 2016 series had completed or are completing tertiary education courses in preparation for life after football.

Thirty-four courses in total have been undertaken by the 2016 NSW Origin squad. These courses ranged from Certificate II to Bachelor degrees. These include:

Josh Mansour

·      Cert III in Carpentry
·      Diploma of Business 

James Tedesco

·      Bachelor of Health & Exercise Science

Josh Dugan

·      Cert III in Drugs and Alcohol
·      Diploma Community Services

Michael Jennings

·      Cert II in Sport and Recreation

Josh Morris

·      Cert IV in Building and Carpentry
·      Diploma of Business

Brett Morris

·      Cert III & IV Fitness
·      Cert III Building & Carpentry
·      Diploma of Business

Blake Ferguson

·      Cert II in Sport and Recreation

James Maloney

·      Cert IV in Building and Construction

Robbie Farah

·      Cert III & IV in Fitness
·      Bachelor of Economics

Adam Reynolds

·      Cert III in Small Business

Aaron Woods

·      Cert IV in Personal Training
·      Diploma of Small Business

Paul Gallen

·      Diploma Of Management

Josh Jackson

·      Diploma of Business
·      Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science

Tyson Frizell

·      Cert IV in Frontline Management
·      Cert IV in Small Business
·      Cert IV in Building and Construction

Jack Bird

·      Traineeship in Frontline Management
·      Cert IV in Fitness
·      Cert IV in Legal Requirements
·      Cert IV in Building Interpreting Plans and Specifications

James Tamou

·      Cert III & IV in Fitness
·      Cert III in Sport and Recreation

Greg Bird

·      Cert IV in Youth Work

David Klemmer

·      Cert IV in Youth Work

Bryce Cartwright

·      Traineeship in Sport and Recreation
·      Cert III in Fitness