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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

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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