New South Wales have appointed Laurie Daley as their new State of Origin team coach for 2013.
Daley will take on the role for two years, with the hope he can end Queensland’s eight year dominance.
The 42-year old filled the vacancy left by Ricky Stuart, after Stuart left to coach Parramatta Eels.
Daley said: “I know it’s going to be very difficult but I’m confident in the players that New South Wales have developed over the last couple of years that we’re not far away.”
Daley has coached at representative level before, having coached the Country Origin side to two wins and a draw since 2008. But as a former New South Wales player with 23 appearances for the Blues, he is desperate to end Queensland’s winning streak.
He said: “I’ve got some experience behind me coaching Country Origin, coaching the Indigenous team and being a part of the Origin set up for over forty camps.
“I’m relatively new coming into the system in terms of coaching at this level. I think I know what is required. I know that Mal (Meninga) is a very hard worker.
“I’ve got to match what he does off the field and I’m confident I can do that.”
Daley’s various roles inside the New South Wales camp include being a player, captain, assistant coach and selector.
According to reports in the Australian media, he was appointed over Brad Fittler, Trent Barrett and Daniel Anderson.