Sterling to join Blues' coaching set-up
RUGBY LEAGUE: The New South Wales Blues have turned to former champion halfback and TV commentator Peter Sterling for guidance on how to beat Queensland in Origin.
Sterling - who played 13 Origin games for NSW, 18 Tests for Australia and 227 games for Parramatta, winning four premierships and is an Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee - replaces Bob Fulton as coach Laurie Daley's adviser.
Fulton stood down from the role this year because of increased responsibilities with the Manly Sea Eagles as head of football.
Sterling said he was keen to be part of Daley's Origin campaign and the processes he had put in place in the past three years.
"I feel like I have been asked to step into a situation that is on the verge of something extremely special with the group Laurie has assembled and the decisions he has made during his tenure,” Sterling told reporters.
"I am really excited to be involved in something that is a very special part of the game.”
Sterling will join new assistant coach John Cartwright and Victoria Cross winner Mark Donaldson, who is the new assistant team manager, for the Blues' 2017 Origin campaign.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have someone of Peter Sterling's calibre take up such an important role with New South Wales Rugby League,” Daley told nrl.com.
"Bob Fulton did an outstanding job in the years he was involved. He was my coach when I was in the Australian team and he has been one of my key mentors.
"I am very grateful for his advice. He was always going to be very hard to replace.
"Having said that, I couldn't be happier that Sterlo was not only available, but really excited about the opportunity.
"He will bring so much to our squad that is aligned with the culture and team values we aspire to. His knowledge of the game is without peer.”