PLAN HATCHED SIX YEARS AGO

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

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.

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