While the preparation for the first state of origin clashes with the years of construction, both teams have used crazy tactics to reach every possible competition.
Queensland trainer Kevin Walters was criticized by his own chairman for spending thousands of dollars on a & # 39; coach-whisperer & # 39; who forbade the players of the team to name their rivals on the media.
In order not to be surpassed, Brad Fittler, coach of New South Wales, raised his eyebrows during last year's series by training his players barefoot to remove the & # 39; negative minerals in the earth & # 39; to absorb.
This year Fittler has a specialized & # 39; breath coach & # 39; employed who forced the players to spend five minutes before each training on their inhalation and exhalation.
Blues teammates Josh Addo-Carr and Cody Walker have fueled this year's fight by promising not to sing the national anthem for the first game in Brisbane, Wednesday, and saying the song does not represent Indians.
Queensland trainer Kevin Walters (right) has been criticized by his own chairman for spending thousands of dollars on & # 39; coach-whisperer & # 39; Bradley Stubbs (left)
In order not to be surpassed, Brad Fittler, coach of New South Wales, raised his eyebrows during last year's series by having his (signed) players train barefoot for the & # 39; negative minerals in the earth & # 39; to absorb.
Walters rented & # 39; coach whisperer & # 39; Bradley Stubbs in without the knowledge of the Australian Rugby League president, Bruce Hatcher or the organization's board.
Mr. Stubbs is asking $ 5,500 for his mentoring skills and has urged Queensland & # 39; s players not to talk about their Blues rivals, the Courier Mail reported.
He has also worked with NRL coaches Trent Robinson and Michael Maguire.
Mr. Hatcher said he did not know Walters with the services of Mr. Stubbs.
& # 39; I am surprised that a guy thinks he is so good that he can ask $ 5,500 per hour. That's weird, & Mr. 39 said.
& # 39; Kevvie receives a budget and the QRL is very good at meeting that budget. I would be surprised if Kevvie spent that amount for an hour.
& # 39; You want to ask $ 5000 per hour for advice that may or may not work. I wouldn't want to know any surgeons who sue and save lives. & # 39;
Queensland players will be fined if they call the NSW Blues by name – with Maroons forward Jai Arrow unable to answer when the reporters ask him what color his blue eyes were.
During the Origin series of 2018, NSW Blues trainer Brad Fittler encouraged his players to dump their shoes and train barefoot.
& # 39; Once you have started it, you realize that it just feels good … however, I am a fan of the earth. They say that the negative neutrons or minerals in the earth keep the body in balance. It doesn't hurt, so said, & # 39; Fittler told the Australian.
He also introduced early morning yoga sessions for squadron training.
Blues teammates Josh Addo-Carr (photo) and Cody Walker sparked the controversy prior to this year's competition by promising not to sing the national anthem
Rival State of Origin coaches Kevin Walters (left) and Brad Fittler (right) have both turned to unusual tactics for this year's series
Fittler has turned to the respiratory protection expert to help this year's team for Wednesday's opening game.
Nam Baldwin teaches NSW players to stay calm during the pressure tube environment of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The team players participate in a daily ritual in which they practice their breathing on the bus for five minutes before they start training.
& # 39; Very simply, we teach them how to arrange their fight or flight, answer & # 39 ;, Baldwin told the Daily telegram.
& # 39; The deal with this is to give them a tool with which they can regulate that fight or flight response and bring a sense of calmness around the intensity.
& # 39; We want (the players) to make sure that they first use their diaphragm and then breathe on their chest and that changes the function of the nervous system. & # 39;
NSW players Josh Addo-Carr and Cody Walker will remain silent while playing the Advance Australia Fair at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.
& # 39; The national anthem does not represent us as indigenous people. We need to change it, & # 39; Addo-Carr told the Sydney Morning Herald.
& # 39; I am a proud Australian man, but also a proud native man. If it doesn't stand in front of my people, why should I sing it? & # 39;
Walker said he would not sing the national anthem when he expressed his & # 39; opinion & # 39; expressed.
& # 39; I don't challenge my opinion about anyone, it's just how I and my family have grown up and how I feel. I have already expressed my opinion and I want to repeat that it is just my opinion, & he said.
Fittler (photo) has become an expert on respiratory protection for Wednesday's opening game to help this year's team
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