Blues to return for winning formula
THIS week coach Laurie Daley and captain Paul Gallen announced New South Wales will once again bunker down in Coffs Harbour as its training base in preparation for all 2015 and 2016 State of Origin fixtures.
NSW Rugby League has attributed part of last year's breakthrough success to the time spent in camp at the Novotel Pacific Bay elite training centre.
"You don't change a winning formula," Daley said this week.
While it is a fantastic advertisement for the region, will rugby league hotbed Grafton be on the radar? Or will it once again be the forgotten next-door neighbour?
"It's a boost we really need. It brings a lot of interest down here," Group 2 Rugby League chief administration officer Jim Anderson said.
"I'm hoping this time they incorporate Grafton in their visit. It's run by NSW Rugby League so that's out of our control." I know they try to do as much as they can but I'd like to see them head to Grafton on a bus for a day and say g'day to a couple of schools."
Coffs Harbour Comets coach Col Speed lives and works in Grafton and travels down the Pacific Highway for his rugby league commitments.
"They've got a busy schedule, but from a promotional side it's a unique opportunity to get into the regional areas to thank their supporters," Speed said.