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Sport State of Origin stars get blind at training - with the coach’s blessing: NSW boss Brad Fittler’s bizarre preparations go to another level ahead of game three

17:07  09 july  2018
17:07  09 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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NSW coach Brad Fittler addresses the players at training .(AAP) “We need to be better without a doubt and the players understand that, and they spoke up about it early,” Fittler told Wide World of Sports.“We need to be better and try to get the appropriate amount of work done, plus.

State of Origin stars get blind at training - with the coach ’ s blessing : NSW boss Brad Fittler ’ s bizarre preparations go to another level ahead of game three .

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From phone bans to barefoot training and blindfolds, New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler has implemented some crazy tactics to end Queensland's 13-year State of Origin domination.

But his left-field approach has been a masterstroke as the Blues prepare to possibly claim their first State of Origin clean sweep in 18 years against the Maroons.

In his first year in the top job, Fittler took his bizarre tactics up a notch on Sunday when NSW players completed a series of blindfolded drills during training at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. 

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State of Origin stars get blind at training - with the coach ’ s blessing : NSW boss Brad Fittler ’ s bizarre preparations go to another level ahead of game three .

Description: From phone bans to barefoot training and blindfolds, New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler has implemented some crazy tactics to end Queensland' s 13 year State of Origin domination .

The aim was to improve players' communication skills with each other, ahead of the third and final game of this year's series in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

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NSW coach Brad Fittler addresses the players at training .(AAP) “We need to be better without a doubt and the players understand that, and they spoke up about it early,” Fittler told Wide World of Sports.“We need to be better and try to get the appropriate amount of work done, plus

State of Origin . And Fittler has proven himself at rep level . The long-standing City coach has lost just two of six City-Country matches, an incredible effort when the game itself is set up for Country to win.

It's since been revealed it wasn't the first time players have trained blindfolded.

Blues' performance coach Hayden Knowles admitted the team have had several blindfolded sessions in the last month out of the public eye.

'We often move up the field as a defensive line. We added to the drill by making them blindfolded,' Knowles told The Australian.

'There is only one way to get through that drill blindfolded — that is by talking. Out of the whole team there was a handful of them that weren't blindfolded.' 

Other tactics Fittler has implemented for this year's series included barefoot sessions and a ban on the use of mobile phones at all times when players were at training, team meetings, functions and bonding sessions.

'Freddie will do many things to increase communication, things like banning mobile phones. There are a lot of things we do in the camp which are to increase communication and being blindfolded is one of them,' Knowles said.

The Blues will fly to Brisbane on Monday night and will have just one training session at Suncorp Stadium ahead of Wednesday night's game. 

Captain Boyd Cordner remains under an injury cloud but is expected to line up for the Blues. 

With the Origin series already wrapped up by the Blues, tickets are still available.

The Blues go into the game as $1.65 favourites while the Maroons are priced at $2.25 by Sportsbet.

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