WORKING HARD: New South Wales Blues players during State Of Origin preparations at Coffs Harbour. PHOTO: COFFS COAST ADVOCATE
WORKING HARD: New South Wales Blues players during State Of Origin preparations at Coffs Harbour. PHOTO: COFFS COAST ADVOCATE

Blues down to business at Coffs

BLUES forwards James Tamou and Trent Merrin have spoken highly of the time spent at the team's Coffs Harbour training camp.

The New South Wales squad continued preparations ahead of Wednesday's opening State Of Origin match with the run-on team playing against the interchange bench and NRL under-20 players.

Tamou, who has returned to the North Queensland Cowboys after an injury-plagued start to the season, said a high level of professionalism had been evident at the camp.

"It (The level of professionalism) has definitely gone up year by year. Individually as well, I'm very impressed with the boys and all the steps they take to get their body right," Tamou said.

Merrin said the training sessions in the lead-up had been excellent.

"It's all about preparation and getting the body right and doing all the things in the field that we need to concentrate on," Merrin said.

"Leading into Wednesday, that's when you start to get glimpses of what you need to do and the style of play you want to produce."

The Blues interchange bench, one of the biggest ever named, will look to steamroll the Maroons in the later stages of the first half.



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