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NSWRL decides on Origin restructure

NSWRL Media Release

Laurie Daley NSW press conference

THE NSWRL Board has today finalised its review of the 2017 Holden State of Origin series and announced it will conduct an organisational overhaul and restructure, which includes appointing a new coach.

NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM said the Board had decided it was time for a new direction and Laurie Daley would not be offered a renewal of his five-year contract which ended this year.

“I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision. He is obviously disappointed, but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity,” Dr Peponis said.

“Obviously we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years.

“He is a legend of the game and has done a tremendous job. He is the only New South Wales coach in the past 12 years who has won a State of Origin series.

“We felt it was time to make a change. All aspects of the business will be looked at from coaching staff to team operations and personnel.”

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Laurie Daley has issued the following statement today after the NSWRL Board's decision not to renew his coaching contract with the Blues:

"I've enjoyed my time working for New South Wales Rugby League.

"I understand that the business is results-driven and I respect the decision of the Board to go in another direction.

"I will always support New South Wales and I wish their team and their coach every success in the future."