Tag: Brad Fittler

Dear New South Wales: If you know anything about history, for the love of God, leave the bullshit at home

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis It is the year 2000 and Queensland captain Gorden Tallis doesn’t want to play Game III. The Maroons are already down 2-0 and facing an embarrassing whitewash and the broken raging bull has seen enough. Tallis even told the media they shouldn’t play the third match such was the lack of […]

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COMMENT: Matt Prior and Ryan James have every right to be dirty over Blues Game III selections

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Matt Prior has probably played his first and last State of Origin game for New South Wales after being overlooked by Blues coach Brad Fittler ahead of Game III at Suncorp Stadium. Fittler has instead opted to move Paul Vaughan into the starting front row alongside David Klemmer allowing Tariq Sims […]

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Origins of brotherhood: Why Brad Fittler succeeded and Laurie Daley didn’t

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis There was a thought at one point that Laurie Daley was only coaching the New South Wales Blues while he waited for the right NRL job to open up. And there was another thought that Brad Fittler wasn’t cut out to be a first grade coach – that perhaps he was […]

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James Roberts sin bin not great but came at right time for us: Fittler

Jubilant New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has jokingly admitted he almost took James Maloney off the field after a risky pass went close to being intercepted by swarming Queenslanders which would have led to a long range try. “When Jimmy came and threw a cut out pas to the winger and there were three […]

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The 32nd instalment of Brad Fittler versus Kevin Walters next Wednesday at the MCG

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis  They faced off against each other 31 times during their glittering careers – 16 of those matches at State of Origin level. In just over a week, Brad Fittler and Kevin Walters start a new chapter in their storied rivalry. It may have taken almost twenty years, but two of the […]

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Please Freddy! For State of Origin’s sake, do not pick Andrew Fifita

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Apparently New South Wales State of Origin coach Brad Fittler is considering a selection shock by picking Tongan World Cup hero Andrew Fifita in his Blues squad for Game I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If only Freddy came out and just knocked it on the head. If only Fifita hadn’t […]

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Panthers coach Griffin comes to defence of James Maloney

Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has come to the defence of New South Wales halves candidate James Maloney after his side’s 16-2 win over Wests Tigers on Thursday night. Maloney has come under fire as he leads the NRL for missed tackles despite being the form half of the premiership in attack. “He’s obviously been […]

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