New South Wales coach Ricky Stuart has named a squad of 51 players who will be asked to attend a three day camp later this month.
All of the players included are considered to have the potential to represent New South Wales in the future and have been dubbed as “Blues in Waiting”.
Stuart, who was named as Blues coach in November, is eager to end Queensland’s dominance in the annual State of Origin series.
The former Australia coach said that the camp would make players aware of pathways for selection and educate them about the tradition and history of the State of Origin series.
“I am of firm belief that Origin victories are built on the culture and attitude of players and their desire to have respect for the NSW jumper,” he said.
“I am fully aware of the differences required for players to adapt to Origin football as compared to the weekly grind of the premiership and hopefully with these players we can make a difference at Origin time.
“Many of the players have progressed from very successful junior representative sides for New South Wales and into NRL teams and we believe they have the ability to progress further into senior Origin teams.
“One of the key messages for our “Blues in Waiting” squad members will be that all they can do is prepare and be ready for when this time arrives.”
The squad includes a mixture of established NRL first teamers and players from the Toyota Cup, the national under-20s competition.
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