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Stuart's coaching career shines

By Daniel Pace and Laine Clark 03/06/2004 08:29:46 PM Comments (0)

Ricky Stuart's meteoric coaching career soared to a new level when he was appointed NSW State of Origin coach for the 2005 series.

Former Test and NSW halfback Stuart will replace Phil Gould when he stands down at the end of the current series.

The Sydney Roosters coach will attend the final two NSW Origin camps along with newly-named NSWRL consultant John Hayes.

Hayes - a former first grade player and retired Chief Inspector of Police - will help implement the new code of conduct to ensure "the Blues are recognised as one of Australia's most professional sporting teams".

"I'm confident of doing a good job," said Stuart, who guided the Roosters to a premiership in 2002, his debut year as an NRL coach.

"It's a privilege to get the chance to be invited to coach a team such as the Origin team and to be involved in such an exciting series.

"It hasn't sunk in yet. I was only told the news this afternoon, 30 minutes before (Roosters) training."

Stuart, who played 14 Origins for the Blues, has proved his credentials since his first year of coaching in 2001 when he took the Bulldogs Jersey Flegg side to a premiership.

In 2002, the Roosters beat the New Zealand Warriors to claim their first premiership title in 27 years and last year they were upset by Penrith in a classic grand final.

Last month, Stuart coached the Country Origin side to a hard-fought victory over City in Gosford.

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