Craig Bellamy has declined an invitation by new NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley to be his assistant for the 2013 State of Origin series.
It is understood that Daley asked Bellamy during the lead up to the All Stars match in Brisbane on February 9th. The two have been friends since their playing days at the Canberra Raiders.
Bellamy advised Daley that his commitments at the Melbourne Storm would exclude him from taking part, however sources close to him also say his reluctance to coach against his Superstars in Slater, Cronk and Smith also played a large role. Bellamy is on record saying that he found it difficult to map out tactics that could foil his best players.
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Holden has been officially been announced as the major sponsor for the 2013 State of Origin series. The three year deal also encompasses naming rights for the Kangaroos and the Under 20’s national competition, formerly known as the Toyota Cup. The arrangement has been rumoured to cost Holden $10 million dollars and is estimated to be at least double what the company invests in the V8 Supercar series.
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The Newcastle Herald has revealed today that Laurie Daley has confirmed that Willie Mason has been discussed regarding State of Origin. The 32 year old veteran of 13 Origin games for NSW has had a remarkable come back from a time when he was unwanted by just about everyone.
Mason was also a shock call up for the NRL All Stars on Saturday 9th February at Suncorp Stadium
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