NSW Blues back-rower Greg Bird indulges in a game of touch with Coffs Coast kids during the camp ahead of Origin III.
NSW Blues back-rower Greg Bird indulges in a game of touch with Coffs Coast kids during the camp ahead of Origin III. Trevor Veale

Coffs camps has Blues on track for an Origin clean sweep

A PRIVATE conversation with NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley has local league boss Warren Gilkinson convinced tonight's third match will bring a State of Origin clean sweep.

"Laurie couldn't believe how well the team settled into Coffs Harbour and how amazing it was to be able to walk down the street without being hassled," Gilkinson said.

"Talking to them, it's easy to see the change in attitude from last year and now that they have their confidence back, I reckon they'll win (tonight), for sure.

"Under Laurie, they believe in themselves and that's the difference."

Gilkinson believes that after the raging success of setting up camp at Novotel Pacific Bay, it's probably a formality of ensuring they are back full-time in 2015.

As head of the local game, he has a wish-list of ways he'd like to see some mutual involvement.

"The first thing is getting them back and then I'd like to talk to the right people about interaction with the Group 2 competition," he said.

"Country Rugby League's Bert Lowrey is a manager and he's promised to help me get a plan together.

"There are so many demands on their time that you can't go overboard, but a couple of simple things could form a great relationship."

He agrees a private dinner or luncheon held at the resort with the Origin team and a select brand of senior Group 2 players could be beneficial.

"If they have a Sunday afternoon free, I think we can factor one of our own top games into the draw where we bring them out for lunch in a marquee and allow them a bit of comfort to watch how we play the game," Gilkinson said.

"It will take some thought and planning but it won't hurt to ask.

"Having the Blues here has been fantastic and we sure do want them back again."



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