Blues boys back for more
"YOU don't change a winning formula", according to New South Wales rugby league coach Laurie Daley, who this morning announced the Blues would keep Coffs Harbour as their State of Origin training base in 2015 and 2016.
Daley and team captain Paul Gallen said the Blues would return to Coffs Harbour on a two-year extension as the team prepared to secure back-to-back series wins.
"The NSW VB Blues love preparing for Origin up here in Coffs Harbour," Daley said.
"We're really looking forward to preparing here for the next two years."
NSWRL chairman Dr George Peponis said the team's breakthrough success last year was in part due to the time spent in camp at the Novotel Pacific Bay elite training centre.
"The people of Coffs Harbour - like everyone in the state - embraced the NSW VB Blues. We saw that in the way they were greeted on arrival at the airport, then swamped by youngsters at the skills clinics or Wongala Mission and later given the keys to the city," Dr Peponis said.
The Blues Harbour deal sewn up by the resort and the NSW Rugby League will this year access assistance from the State Government.
This will see the squad train in Coffs Harbour in the lead-up to Origin 1 in Sydney on May 27.
Financial assistance will see the Blues return to Coffs Harbour ahead of Origin 2 in Melbourne on June 17.
"The government wants to help keep the team in a comfortable environment at Coffs this year instead of them using unfamiliar facilities in Melbourne, where NSW hasn't played an Origin match since 2012," Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said.
The team will then return for a week-long camp in Coffs ahead of Origin 3 in Queensland on July 8.