NSW coach Laurie Daley speaks to the media.
NSW coach Laurie Daley speaks to the media. DAVID MOIR

Blues shift Origin training base north

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Blues will move their training base to just 10km from enemy territory next year as they face the daunting task of playing two games in Brisbane while trying to win back the State of Origin title.

New South Wales coach Laurie Daley announced he would shift his side's camp to Kingscliff, just south of the Gold Coast, and end the squad's three-year stay in Coffs Harbour.

The Blues will be based at their new $20 million centre of excellence at Olympic Park in Sydney's west from 2018.

Origin I and III will be played at Suncorp Stadium on May 31 and July 12, respectively.

"We wanted to change our approach to the Brisbane games and have less time in Brisbane, as well as not losing a day in travel as we have done in the past," Daley said.

"When NRL teams play in Brisbane they don't arrive three days in advance of the game."

Daley has overhauled his off-field team for next year, bringing in Blues legend Peter Sterling as an adviser, John Cartwright as an assistant coach and Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson as an assistant team manager.


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