PLAN HATCHED SIX YEARS AGO
SUCCESS breeds success. It’s the simple philosophy that has helped NSW rise from State of Origin embarrassments to favourites to clinch this year’s series.
Outwardly, the Blues are refusing to get ahead of themselves. Internally, there have been massive changes since the dark days of 2010.
At that point, NSW had failed to take the series to a decider for the third time in four years, and had just suffered their first whitewash since 1989.
The NRL’s head of football Brian Canavan was brought in to conduct a holistic review, and in 2011 the first Blues in Waiting Camp was conducted. Those 53 players included 18-year-old Boyd Cordner, Aaron Woods, Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Josh Jackson and Fifita.