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Blues to blood young guns for Origin 3

By David Beniuk 23/06/2010 07:49:29 PM Comments (0)

NSW will use State of Origin III as a testing ground for the future, blooding the young guns they hope can end Queensland's five-year dominance of the series.

Blues selectors held their first telephone link-up on Wednesday since the Origin II disaster as NSWRL chief executive Geoff Carr signalled the side for the July 7 finale would be chosen with the future firmly in mind.

"You'd argue that it's time to look a bit to the future," Carr told reporters.

"(The selectors) are not silly, they're good at what they do so I'm sure they'll have a similar view."

The move could see the likes of Canberra fullback Josh Dugan, Canterbury centre Jamal Idris and Sydney Roosters half Todd Carney earning starting spots.

Carr confirmed Blues coach Craig Bellamy, who has lost three series, would definitely be at the helm for game three and had not yet formally quit the post after this series.

"The only discussion I had with Craig was when he said 'should I step down, is it the right thing to do by you guys?' (after Origin II)," Carr said.

"I said no. I said as far as I was concerned Craig is a great coach and he doesn't deserve to be the only coach in Origin history not to finish a series, so he's determined to try and turn it around last game."

Carr's comments came as the NSWRL announced former Sydney Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan would conduct the sweeping end-of-series review of the factors behind the Blues' five-year drought.

Selection, coaching set-up, team management and finances will all be in Canavan's sights as he interviews current and former players, coaches, administrators as well as officials from other sports.

"The (NSWRL) board is well aware of the importance of State of Origin to the people of NSW and is determined to do all it can to provide the best possible platform for the success of the team in the years ahead," Carr said.

"Although we are up against a very special Queensland team, we believe we have the ability to win back the trophy in 2011 and Brian's report will give us the information we need to ensure we leave no stone unturned in achieving that objective."

Carr said the review's findings would be made public.

"I haven't got an issue with that," he said.

"We believe we do things very well, we start our planning for this in November every year for the following year but the results haven't gone our way.

"Part of that is Queensland's great team and if we can improve something anywhere - and we can always do that - we want someone from outside looking at us and telling us where we can do that."

Carr said it was unlikely a replacement would be named for Origin III after former assistant coach Andrew Johns stepped down following a racism row.

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