NSW great lets Blues’ backline in on a secret
FORMER NSW great Mark Gasnier was drafted into the Blues camp by coach Brad Fittler in a bid to quell the nerves of NSW’s rookie backline.
Gasnier was called upon on Wednesday to deliver a secret talk to the debutant outside backs in Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic and James Roberts to help the quartet prepare for their Origin debuts.
The rookies listened on as Gasnier, who was the game’s best centre during the 2000s where he played 12 games for the Blues, gave them an insight into areas of the game he said took him “eight or nine years to learn”.
“I spoke to them about not over complicating things and some things that helped me in my career that I wish I learnt a lot earlier,” Gasnier said.
“Key little areas where I thought may improve their decision-making. I emphasised the point that they were by no means bad defenders or making bad decisions but they weren’t being the best defenders they can be.
“They were making the mistakes that I made. I was a poor defender when I a first started and got into a lot of bad habits.”
Mitchell said he learnt plenty from the 30-minute address.
“It was cool to have a legend come in and have a yarn,” Mitchell said.