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NSW to set up camp in Coffs Harbour

NSW coach Laurie Daley believes his decision to base his side at Coffs Harbour for games one and three in this year's State of Origin series will be a key factor in ending Queensland's eight-year dominance.
NSW to set up camp in Coffs Harbour
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

COFFS HARBOUR, NSW, Feb 25 AAP - NSW coach Laurie Daley believes his decision to base his side at Coffs Harbour for games one and three in this year's State of Origin series will be a key factor in ending Queensland's eight-year dominance.

The Blues have used the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee for past series, but Daley said the facilities at the Pacific Bay Resort complex are the perfect setting for his side's preparations.

The Wallabies used the resort for more than a decade and it was their home for the 2003 Rugby World Cup campaign and it is frequently used by teams from the AFL and NRL for pre-season training.

It contains a secluded training oval that is not open to the public which is next to an ice-bath machine room, video meeting rooms and massage and physiotherapist facilities.

The northern NSW coastal town is a short hop to the Queensland border and this year players remain in camp for seven days instead of the usual 10.

Daley will name his side on the Tuesday, instead of a Sunday as in previous years allowing the team to stay together for a full week, instead of allowing breaks in camp where players can spend time with their families.

"You want to try and get an advantage, and if this can give us a 10-15 per cent improvement then it can only help," Daley said.

"I don't think we have been too far away from Queensland and hopefully this can help."




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