Sport State of Origin stars get blind at training - with the coach’s blessing: NSW boss Brad Fittler’s bizarre preparations go to another level ahead of game three

17:07  09 july  2018
17:07  09 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Fittler defends live Origin interview

  Fittler defends live Origin interview NSW coach Brad Fittler has dismissed suggestions his live interview during State of Origin III proved a distraction.NSW coach Brad Fittler has brushed aside criticism of his decision to do a live television interview during NSW's State of Origin III loss, reiterating his promise be accessible to the media.

NSW coach Brad Fittler addresses the players at training .(AAP) “We need to be better without a doubt and the players understand that, and they spoke up about it early,” Fittler told Wide World of Sports.“We need to be better and try to get the appropriate amount of work done, plus

Fittler ’ s arrival is a commitment to passion, to heart and to the idea that Origin is more than game plans England go looking for their first World Cup final since 1995 – and a head coach . Fittler , arguably, was the first and only New South Welshman born in the cauldron of State of Origin football.

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From phone bans to barefoot training and blindfolds, New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler has implemented some crazy tactics to end Queensland's 13-year State of Origin domination.

But his left-field approach has been a masterstroke as the Blues prepare to possibly claim their first State of Origin clean sweep in 18 years against the Maroons.

In his first year in the top job, Fittler took his bizarre tactics up a notch on Sunday when NSW players completed a series of blindfolded drills during training at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. 

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Brad Fittler has Mitchell Moses ahead of James Maloney to play for NSW Blues. MORE: State of Origin : Gus Gould backs Kalyn Ponga to replace Billy Slater during this year' s "I'm not doubting that this is a young man with talent, and he did have a Rugby League World Cup under Brad Fittler .

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The aim was to improve players' communication skills with each other, ahead of the third and final game of this year's series in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

Freddy: Why Billy shouldn't have won

  Freddy: Why Billy shouldn't have won New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has explained why he thought Billy Slater should not have won the Wally Lewis Medal in the 2018 State of Origin series.  The decision to award the retiring Slater the prestigious award came under fire following the completion of Game 3, after Slater played in just two of the three games in the series. Speaking on the NRL Sunday Footy Show, Fittler pointed to Slater's inability to close out a tense Game 2 at ANZ Stadium as his reason for why award should have gone to another player.

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"I am going to train on Sunday full with the team, but I think I am sweet." Should Cordner pull up sore on Saturday, NSW coach Brad Fittler has the option of asking for James to sit out of the match against the Broncos but he Origin at Suncorp, there' s nothing like it! Game III tickets available here.

It's since been revealed it wasn't the first time players have trained blindfolded.

Blues' performance coach Hayden Knowles admitted the team have had several blindfolded sessions in the last month out of the public eye.

'We often move up the field as a defensive line. We added to the drill by making them blindfolded,' Knowles told The Australian.

'There is only one way to get through that drill blindfolded — that is by talking. Out of the whole team there was a handful of them that weren't blindfolded.' 

Other tactics Fittler has implemented for this year's series included barefoot sessions and a ban on the use of mobile phones at all times when players were at training, team meetings, functions and bonding sessions.

'Freddie will do many things to increase communication, things like banning mobile phones. There are a lot of things we do in the camp which are to increase communication and being blindfolded is one of them,' Knowles said.

The Blues will fly to Brisbane on Monday night and will have just one training session at Suncorp Stadium ahead of Wednesday night's game. 

Captain Boyd Cordner remains under an injury cloud but is expected to line up for the Blues. 

With the Origin series already wrapped up by the Blues, tickets are still available.

The Blues go into the game as $1.65 favourites while the Maroons are priced at $2.25 by Sportsbet.

Corder makes bold declaration ahead of Origin III .
New South Wales skipper Boyd Cordner has made a call on his health as he attempts to see the Blues to their first Origin sweep since 2000.The Roosters veteran was seen taking a laid-back approach to the Blues' non-contact training session on Tuesday but said that he was confident that he'd be right to lead out the Blues as they attempt for a rare Origin sweep.

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