Brad Fittler named coach of NSW

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Who do you believe should be the next coach of NSW ??

  1. Dean Pay

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  2. Geoff Toovey

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  3. Brad Fittler

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  4. Andrew Johns

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  5. John Cartwright

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  6. Phil Gould

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  7. Craig Fitzgibbon

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  8. Des Hasler

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  9. Matty Johns

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  10. Danny Buderus

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  1. rhugh89

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    NSWRL Statement


    Thu 20th July, 02:45PM


    As is the case at the conclusion of the State of Origin series every year, the Board of NSWRL will conduct a full review of all aspects of the 2017 State of Origin series.

    This will occur in the coming months and in accordance with the usual time periods which the Board sets aside for such tasks.

    However, in light of the matters which have been raised publicly during the course of this week, the Board feels compelled to urgently correct the record regarding a number of inaccurate assertions which have been made and which are highly damaging to NSWRL and to a number of people within our organisation.

    The first assertion is that Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson were drunk at the Lennox Point Hotel on the Friday prior to State of Origin 3, that they were behaving like ‘clowns’ and that they were so badly affected by alcohol that they were hidden from the press the following morning in a cover-up by NSWRL.

    However, on the basis of a number of independent accounts of the circumstances, the NSWRL Board is satisfied that the players were not drunk, they were not acting like ‘clowns’ and they were not so affected by alcohol that they were ‘hidden’ the following morning in a cover-up.

    On the contrary, the pair trained at 10am the following morning in full view of the media contingent.

    They trained strongly.

    The second assertion is that on the morning of State of Origin 3, Laurie Daley had a conversation with Andrew Fifita in which Laurie advised Andrew Fifita that he would be starting the match from the bench.

    It is asserted that Andrew Fifita’s reaction to this news was so strongly negative that Laurie Daley changed his mind and reinstated him to the starting line-up. As you would expect, a coach and his players regularly discuss on-field tactical options and all manner of off field issues as well.

    Laurie had conversations of these types with Andrew during the course of the camp. However, it is entirely false to suggest that on the morning of the game (or at any other time during the camp) Laurie had a conversation with Andrew in which he advised Andrew that he was starting on the bench.

    That position (that there was no such conversation) was correctly reported in the press yesterday morning and against that background, it is disappointing that the false assertions of the purported conversation continued to be maintained.

    Finally, an inference has been made that a car, hired by a journalist who was covering the Blues’ Origin preparation at Kingscliff, was vandalised.

    Until this inference was made on Tuesday of this week, there had been no assertion whatsoever, including from the journalist in question, that the vandalism was connected to NSWRL or to the State of Origin team.

    The inference is one of criminal conduct by our players.

    It goes without saying that such inferences should not be made lightly.

    If anyone is in possession of information which supports an allegation of criminal conduct against one or more of our players, then NSWRL calls upon that person to immediately report the information to the NSW Police to allow a full investigation to take place.

    This is the appropriate course of action and one which NSWRL supports.

    If there is no such information to support an allegation of criminal conduct, then the inference which was made should be immediately withdrawn and the appropriate apology offered to NSWRL and its State of Origin players.

    The State of Origin series evokes emotions of incredible intensity, quite unlike any other event in sport.

    Naturally, when a series which started with such optimism concludes on a disappointing note, everyone who supports the NSW Blues and who has an emotional commitment to them hurts. This is particularly so after a lengthy period of such disappointment.

    There should be no doubt that everyone at NSWRL is hurting badly at the moment, none more so than Laurie Daley and his team.

    Much has been spoken about culture.

    The focal point of any strong culture is that when times are tough, the strong culture ensures that there is an absence of blame shifting, an absence of scapegoating, a support for those within the group and a commitment to make necessary improvements in an objective way after a period of proper reflection and analysis. NSWRL has such a culture, supported by a strong board.

    NSWRL calls on everyone to allow for that proper period of reflection and analysis of the 2017 State of Origin series in the absence of a search for scapegoats but with a commitment to make any necessary improvements in an objective way.


    http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/07/20/nswrl_statement.html
     
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    Another coat of gloss paint and another series loss in 2018.

    The players are doing what they want and Daley does not seem strong enough to discipline them, or tell the selectors he wants changes if players are not prepared to commit. Same with Captain Cordner.
     
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    NSWRL Board Decides On Origin Restructure


    Fri 25th August, 02:15PM


    The NSWRL Board has today finalised its review of the 2017 Holden State of Origin Series and announced it will conduct an organisational overhaul and restructure, which includes appointing a new coach.

    NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM said the Board had decided it was time for a new direction and Laurie Daley would not be offered a renewal of his five-year contract which ended this year.

    “I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision. He is obviously disappointed but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity,” said Dr Peponis.

    “Obviously we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years.

    “He is a legend of the game and has done a tremendous job. He is the only New South Wales coach in the past 12 years who has won a State of Origin Series.

    “We felt it was time to make a change. All aspects of the business will be looked at from coaching staff to team operations and personnel.”


    http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/08/25/nswrl_board_decides_.html
     
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    Shame Joey isn't interested. can understand why he's not though
     
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    Few names being thrown around, Who do you guys think would be the best choice ??

    Poll at the top of the page
     
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    NSW Blues want Phil Gould, Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns ‘package’ to replace Laurie Daley


    The Sunday Telegraph
    August 26, 2017 8:30pm



    MEET ‘The Package’ the NSW hierarchy desperately want to restore pride to a battered state.

    Blues greats Phil Gould, Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns are the triple-target for a NSWRL board hellbent on halting Queensland’s State of Origin dominance.

    Not only is a fed-up NSWRL board set to demand that every staff member of this year’s losing series reapply for their job, The Sunday Telegraph has learned Gould is the man they want to return to the Origin arena as NSW senior adviser with Fittler the head coach and Johns’ his assistant.

    While still in it’s infancy, the plan to reunite Fittler and Johns — the Blues most capped players — and Gould — the state’s most successful coach — has already been discussed by key figures at the NSWRL, following the shock axing of coach Laurie Daley on Friday.

    It’s been suggested to The Sunday Telegraph that the NSWRL could make an offer to the trio they “can’t refuse.’’

    The NSWRL want Gould to facilitate a similar advisory role to what League Immortal Bob Fulton did during Ricky Stuart’s NSW coaching tenure.

    And it appears Gould is open to the idea.

    Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Gould endorsed Fittler’s appointment while confirming he was willing to help Fittler, with whatever he needed.

    “If Brad wants to coach the NSW team I’m sure he would do a great job — better than anyone I know,’’ Gould said.

    “He is his own man. He doesn’t need any help from me. But if he ever needed anything, he knows I’m only a phone call away.

    “As would all former NSW Origin players and coaches who would love to see Brad and his team succeed.”

    It has been 21 years since the Gould, Fittler, Johns ‘package’ last combined at the Origin arena, when the Blues celebrated a series whitewash win in 1996. Between them they have won 44 Origin matches, and are viewed as the perfect combination to help stop Queensland’s decade-long dominance.

    Fittler, who has had success coaching City Origin in the past six years, would not comment when contacted by the Sunday Telegraph.

    Johns has repeatedly ruled himself out of the head coaching position, but has endorsed Fittler to take on the role.

    Daley won’t be alone in losing his job. There is expected to be a total clean-out of all football staff while there are also plans to revamp the Blues entire organisation.

    NSW chief executive David Trodden’s position will also come under the microscope of the directors.

    Gould, who coached the last of his 24 Origin matches in 2004, took aim at the Blues management.

    “NSWRL board need to take some responsibility for the way NSW Origin has run their campaigns,” Gould said.

    “They need to decide how they want the Origin program to be run into the future. They have been wasting a lot of time and money for a long time.

    “Laurie Daley has not been the problem. He is now a victim of the problems associated with the NSWRL. I feel very sorry for Laurie. He deserved better results.”

    CHANNEL Nine have given Brad Fittler the green light to apply for the Blues vacant coaching position.

    A member of the Nine commentary team since 2010, Fittler has emerged as the nominal favourite to take over from NSW coach Laurie Daley.

    The Sunday Telegraph has learned senior executives at Nine have already told Fittler that should he apply for the role, he has their full blessing.

    The executive-level support also stands for fellow Nine commentators Phil Gould and Andrew Johns, should they also re-enter the Origin arena.

    While clearly less demanding that pressure-cooker of Origin, Fittler, 45, has juggled his coaching and commentary for the past six years as the NSW City Origin coach, as well as, the NSW under-16s and under-18s coach.

    Fittler is also committed to coaching Lebanon at this year’s World Cup, with the tournament’s conclusion on December 2 allowing him ample time to prepare for the 2018 Origin series.

    Any appointment by the NSWRL is expected to take time.

    The NSWRL board are in no rush to appoint a new head coach in the wake of Daley’s shock axing, with the priority on overhauling the entire football department while ensuring their head coach appointment is the right one.


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    State Of Origin Coach Update


    Fri 22nd September, 12:15PM


    The NSW Rugby League Board today met to discuss the process for appointing a new State of Origin coach.

    In the course of doing so the Board considered the existing policy for appointing a coach who has no current NRL club affiliation. The board decided to affirm this policy.

    NSWRL will now embark on a process of identifying suitable candidates who fulfil the qualification of having no current NRL club affiliation.

    The Board has not fixed a time frame within which this process will take place. The clear objective of the process is to find the best possible candidate rather than to be constrained by time limits.


    http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/09/22/media_release_nswrl_.html
     
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    NSW coach race down to two


    Tue 21 Nov, 2017, 12:20pm
    By Michael Chammas‌, Chief Reporter‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com


    The battle for the NSW State of Origin coaching job is down to two, with Michael Maguire and Brad Fittler the final applicants on the shortlist to be presented to the board on Friday.

    NRL.com understands a decision will be made at the monthly NSWRL board meeting on Friday, with Maguire and Fittler the final two candidates vying to become Laurie Daley's successor.

    It's likely the NSWRL will appoint a part-time coach, moving away from the full-time role Daley has held since 2013.

    John Cartwright and David Furner were also on the list of coaches interviewed for the job.

    The NSWRL has identified two coaches with contrasting coaching philosophies, undecided on which approach is best suited to helping the Blues end Queensland's long-standing Origin dominance.

    Fittler, who is believed to be the frontrunner for the role, prides himself on his relationship with the players and is likely to create the type of environment similar to what Mal Meninga built during his reign as Queensland coach.

    Maguire is a stickler for discipline, but also possesses a far more tactical approach to coaching than Fittler. His tactics were pivotal in helping South Sydney to a drought-breaking premiership in 2014.

    Fittler did his chances no harm with what he was able to achieve with Lebanon during the World Cup. That he managed to get a team with only a handful of NRL players to within two points of a semi-final berth hasn't been lost on those in power.

    During his time as City Origin coach he was renowned for his ability to unite a group of individuals into a team in a short period of time, doing the same thing with the Lebanese squad during the World Cup.

    Fittler also has an undoubted aura about him given his history as a NSW State of Origin great.

    His understanding of the Blues' history and his ability to relate to the players is expected to work in his favour, something Maguire doesn't possess despite his strong coaching background.

    One of the topics for discussion surrounding Fittler's potential appointment will be his media commitments and how that will impact on his role as Blues coach.

    Fittler is a permanent member of the Nine Network's rugby league coverage, and is expected to continue his commitments in some capacity if he lands the Blues job.

    Given the NSWRL's expected preference to go with a part-time coach, the salary won't come close to the money Maguire would be used to in club land, however the former Rabbitohs coach is determined to return to the coaching ranks.


    http://www.nrl.com/nsw-coach-race-down-to-two/tabid/10874/newsid/115490/default.aspx
     
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    Brad Fittler Appointed As NSW Blues Coach


    Fri 24th November, 11:20AM


    The Board of NSW Rugby League is delighted to announce the appointment of Brad Fittler as the coach of the NSW Blues State of Origin team for seasons 2018 and 2019.

    The decision was made this morning at the monthly NSWRL Board meeting.

    In announcing the appointment, the Chairman of the Board, Dr George Peponis OAM, said:

    "Given the importance of this appointment, the Board has taken the appropriate amount of time to fully consider the issue.

    "A number of highly qualified candidates expressed an interest in the position. I have no doubt that any one of them could have done a great job if the Board had decided to appoint them.

    "Ultimately, the Board was unanimous in the view that Brad Fittler should be appointed to the position.

    "Brad's qualifications for the role are impeccable and his standing within the game is pre-eminent.

    "His recent efforts in the Rugby League World Cup with Lebanon serve as a reminder of his talents as a coach and they provide a window into the exciting future which he will bring the New South Wales State of Origin team."

    Chief Executive David Trodden said:

    "I couldn’t be happier for Freddy with this appointment.

    "In the last few years, he has made a massive impression on everyone in the NSWRL with the work he has done with our KARI City Origin team and our Pathways teams.

    "He has achieved outstanding success with these teams and in reality, he has spent those years preparing for the role which he has now been appointed to.

    "NSWRL is in for a great ride and sustained success in the next few years beckons."

    No appointments have yet been considered in relation to support staff.

    In the coming weeks, the Board will consider recommendations as to the appointment of support staff and announcements regarding those positions will be made in the near future.


    http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/11/24/brad_fittler_appoint.html
     
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    Buderus, Sironen and Parr on Board with Blues


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    Sun 17 Dec 2017, 07:57 AM



    The NSW Rugby League Board is delighted to announce the appointment of True Blues Danny Buderus and Paul Sironen and successful Cowboys Football General Manager Peter Parr to the coaching staff of the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues in 2018.

    Buderus has been appointed as Assistant Coach to Brad Fittler, while Sironen and Parr will be part of the Blues management team along with NSWRL General Manager – Football Barrie-Jon (BJ) Mather.

    All have been associated with winning cultures, with Buderus leading the Blues to consecutive series victories as captain in 2004 and 2005; and more recently experiencing success as the winning Blues Under-20 coach and successful assistant for the under 16s and 18s.

    Sironen, a highly respected past player who represented the Blues 14 times from 1989-94, has been Team Manager of the successful NSW Blues under 16, 18 and 20 teams and the City Origin side which beat Country the past two years under the guidance of Fittler.

    Newcastle-born Parr has worked at the Cowboys since 2002 and has been credited with creating and protecting the club’s enviable culture that has seen them reach the NRL Finals Series for the past seven years; and brings to the group current best practice at the elite level of the game.

    NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM said: “It is great to have such highly respected and experienced people of this calibre join our Blues coaching staff. There is no doubting their passion for the game and the Blues jersey.

    “Danny Buderus has played at the highest level of the game; he has captained the Blues and led them to success; and more recently has played a key role in the success of our up and coming future Blues players in the pathways program.

    “Paul Sironen is also a highly regarded True Blue and has done an outstanding job over a number of years managing our pathways teams and the City side; while Peter Parr is widely recognised as playing a key role in establishing the culture that has made the Cowboys a dominant force in the NRL.”

    Buderus, who played alongside Fittler for NSW between 2002-04 and played 21 Origin games in total from 2002-08, hopes to bring a winning culture to the Blues senior team after coaching the NSW Under-20 side to victory against Queensland in 2017.

    Buderus said: “Being appointed as Freddy’s assistant coach is a huge honour. It’s a special and exciting time to be a part of the NSWRL set-up and the new regime under Brad.”

    “Everyone knows what the Blues jersey means to Freddy. For me, it’s about who has gone before you and leaving the jersey in a better place. I love the history of Rugby League but more importantly NSW.

    “I’ve had some coaching experience here at NSWRL in the pathways programs and also at the Newcastle Knights, so I’m very excited to be putting my focus on the NSW State of Origin side.”

    Sironen said: “It is such a great honour to be involved with the Blues and to continue to work with Freddy who I have established a great working relationship with over a number years during my time managing the City team and the Blues pathways program sides.

    “I took great pride in representing NSW every time I pulled on the Blues jersey, and it is the same pride I will take into my new role with the team. It’s great to be a part of it.”

    Parr said: “I was delighted to be approached and excited to be involved with Origin. I see my role as supporting Brad and the rest of the coaching staff to ensure the team gets the best possible preparation.

    “With Brad coming on board and with the discussions he’s had with me, I’m really excited about what the team can produce.”


    https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/12/17/buderus-sironen-and-parr-on-board-with-blues/
     
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    Mitchell Moses will be selected in the halves if he plays well in 2018
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Moses was amazing in the WC.
    I wasn't a fan before, but I can see him playing SOO now.
     
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    Please NO

    He has the skills maybe that is debatable but he definitely doesn't have the right attitude picking players like him would guarantee QLD dominance would continue
     
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    Yep Moses doesn't have the mental fortitude for origin. QLD would get in his head inside the first 10 minutes.
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    God I would absolutely hate supporting a team with that little tosser in it. If he was selected I’d be turned off origin for the series. Cleary any day.
     
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    I hope it's Cleary. But Fitler has the hots for Moses, so I'm not entirely confident the best decision will be made
     
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    NSW are a joke appointing him coach. Another win to QLD
     
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    I'm not so sure about that Packo. I really like the idea of Fittler for coach.

    Behind all his crazy sideline commentary about the weather, crowd etc he has a very astute knowledge of the game and reads it better than any commentator going in my opinion.

    Whoever plays halves under him will be much better for it and I can see the NSW team being much more dangerous than in previous years.

    Moses is one of the last halves I'd want playing though.
     
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    Yeah I'm not doubting his ability as a coach and knowledge etc.

    I just think it's the same old story of NSW being behind the 8 ball again. Nobody knows who is going to make up that 17 and they will have the same dilemma they always do with the halves.

    I just think they get into camp and have a **** up for a week to be honest. And I can't see fitler changing that.
     
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    QLD could well be in the same position with the halves as well if none are in form to start the year.

    I've got more faith in Fittler then I do with any of the last few tried and tested coaches.

    He is getting the right people around him to.
     

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