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Bennett is the answer for NSW’s Origin blues

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    Like all New South Wales supporters, I’m absolutely fed up with the pathetic State of Origin results over the past decade. More than anything, a lack of competent coaching and captaincy has been the problem.

    But I have the solution – Wayne Bennett.

    Am I joking or just stupid? Maybe both. But let’s consider a few points.

    Firstly, I have no faith in the current people being considered to coach next year: Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Danny Burderus or Phil Gould. We need new blood, someone with no connection to any of the failed group or Channel Nine.

    Wayne Bennett is a perfect alternative. He’s a great coach, probably the greatest, and is a student of the game.

    In the past he has seen fit to coach such enemies as New Zealand and England, for the good of the game, and of course his own legacy. So he wouldn’t be against coaching the Blues.

    Bennett is also his own man, and doesn’t seem to care what the media or the mainstream think. He’s interested in building his legacy, which is why he left Brisbane to coach successfully at St. George.

    He moved on to Newcastle with similar ambitions, and although he was unsuccessful there were extenuating circumstances. Bennett’s still coaching well, and was extremely lucky not to win another premiership when Brisbane lost to the Cowboys.

    To satiate Bennett’s ambition, NSW offers a perfect project. There is no bigger challenge remaining in rugby league. Imagine the hype, excitement, interest and TV rating that would be created if he came on board.

    And in no way would it weaken or discredit a possible NSW victory, just because a Queenslander steered them to glory. Who cares. We just want to win another series and restore some faith and pride in the state and the game itself.

    It’s not good for the game for Queensland to keep on winning. As long-suffering supporters we really need to give it back to the Queenslanders, who continue to gloat and lord it over us.

    Finally, although Bennett is obviously a proud Queenslander, I’m sure for a number of reasons as outlined above he would accept the challenge.

    So please, NSW selectors, have the guts to pose the question.

    The New South Wales State of Origin team for the 2018 series remains a mystery, with new coach Brad Fittler facing plenty of selection headaches. So we want you to tell us - and all your mates - who should start for Blues in Game 1 with our team picker.

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    • July 15th 2017 @ 9:53am
      Taree Raider said | July 15th 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Why not. Bennett’s ego alone would make it a success. Just remember that everyone praises Craig Bellamy as a coach & he is an exceptional coach of Slater, Inglis Cronk & most importantly Smith. He has never not coached Billy, Coop’s & Cam at the Storm. The day Smith retires so will Craig, that just reflects how good Smith really is.
      Bellamy did coach a pretty good NSW Blues side & came up with nothing but defeat.
      Why not ask Benny to give it a go, no one else has come up with a solution, I think Wayne could.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 10:15am
      Big Daddy said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

      While the current board of NSWRL is in place it will be a Daley, Johns, Fulton or someone from the old boys club.
      They will probably bring back Gallen and Farah
      just to make it a complete stuff up.

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      July 15th 2017 @ 10:29am
      eagleJack said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      Craig Bellamy will take the reins full-time from 2019.

      Let Daley have one more year. Just bring in some better analysts as assistants.

    • Roar Guru

      July 15th 2017 @ 10:55am
      Nat said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

      The question was asked on the news last night and Bennett dismissed it. What about another Benny- Alias? Has he coached before? The thought being someone who is not only passionate but will bring some mongrel? Surround him with Johns, Sironen/Lazurus, Fitzy and the like. Woods would never get a start in that team. Fifita would be obligated to run hard and straight first and Jarryd Hayne may learn some humility.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 11:19am
      Rod said | July 15th 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

      I think we need a coach like Toovey.
      Someone with a little on the crazy side. We need some enforcers in the side and few more brain cells.

      The side I would consider for next year

      1 Tom T( great combo with his Bro)
      2 J Hayne
      3.Jack Bird
      4. Dylan Walker
      5. Anthony Don
      6 Moylan
      7. Maloney( Cleary to eventually take his spot)
      8. Paul Vaughan
      9. Api
      10.klemmer
      11. Cordner
      12. Frizell
      13. Jake T (C) our best and smartest player
      14. Wade Graham
      15. Campbell Gillard
      16. Chricton – dynamic ball runners and smart footballer
      17. Peachy

      Fifita – not convinced he has the mental aptitude when the going gets tough

      Woods- big slow lug

      Cordner. I thought he did ok as captain , but as a leader he should have ruled himself out of game 3. Just like what I see and hear from Jake more

      Tedesco our best back , but I think Tom T is a better prospect and his combo with Jake is lethal. Better at setting up his outside backs as well

    • July 15th 2017 @ 12:33pm
      Abdulla said | July 15th 2017 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

      Phil Gould’s comments last year about nsw loss sacked Robbie Farrah and gallen.his analysis about this year’s loss has gone another level.fact is nsw got no passion.after years of denying this fact was on show last Wednesday.

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