25 Feb 2014

NSW hopes change of base will bring change of fortune in State of Origin

4:48 pm on 25 February 2014

The New South Wales rugby league 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 believes the facilities at the Pacific Bay Resort complex are the perfect setting for his side's preparations.

The northern New South Wales coastal town is also close to the Queensland border.

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.

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.

The first match in the series on May 28th.