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NSWRL boss insists Brad Fittler’s job with New South Wales is SAFE even if Blues lose Origin series

NSWRL boss insists Brad Fittler’s job with New South Wales is SAFE even if Blues lose Origin series to Queensland on Sunday

  • NSWRL boss Dave Trodden says Brad Fittler’s job is safe even if Blues lose series
  • Fittler is under contract with New South Wales until the end of next year
  • NSW will activate an additional 12-month option if Blues win Origin this year
  • Blues follow Queensland 1-0 after losing series opener in Sydney on June 8
  • Fittler has won three of the four Origin series he has coached NSW in

Brad Fittler’s job as New South Wales head coach is secure regardless of the outcome of the State of Origin series.

The Blues must beat Queensland in Perth on Sunday to keep the series alive after losing the Sydney opener on June 8, or the Maroons will lift the shield for the second time in three years.

However, New South Wales Rugby League boss Dave Trodden insisted Fittler would have nothing to fear even if the Blues lost at Optus Stadium.

NSWRL boss Dave Trodden insists Blues coach Brad Fittler (above) is under no pressure despite New South Wales lagging in State of Origin series

NSWRL boss Dave Trodden insists Blues coach Brad Fittler (above) is under no pressure despite New South Wales lagging in State of Origin series

‘What Freddy? [Fittler] has delivered to our organization since his appointment as coach has been nothing short of outstanding,” Trodden told the Sydney Morning Herald

“He has achieved consistent success and has always had the confidence to do things his way. I’m just saying underestimate him at your own risk.’

Since taking charge of the Blues in 2018, Fittler has guided New South Wales to win the Origin series three times in four attempts.

Under his leadership, the Blues have won seven of their 13 games they have played and have become the bookmakers’ favorites this year.

Fittler has won three of the four series he has coached at NSWon since taking charge of the Blues in 2018

Fittler has won three of the four series he has coached New South Wales in since he led the Blues in 2018

Their six losses were all by a margin of six points or less, including the 16-10 loss in Game 1 earlier this month in which New South Wales came within inches of scoring a late try that would have tied the score if converted.

Fittler has always had a relaxed figure in the pressure cooker environment that is Origin footy and is under contract until the end of 2023, with the Blues triggering a further 12-month extension if he wins this year’s series.

“The thing about Freddy and what defines him most is how calm and in control he is at all times,” Trodden added.

“As a leader, the people he leads feed off of that. Seeing Freddy calm and in control gives them a lot of confidence.”

The Blues boss announced the changes for Game 2 in Perth on Sunday

The Blues boss announced the changes for Game 2 in Perth on Sunday

Fittler has been criticized for selecting his team out of “complete panic” after making seven changes ahead of Game 2.

“If you lost one game to a converted try, would you make seven changes? Seriously,” Daily Telegraph NRL journalist Buzz Rothfield told Sky Racing’s Big Sport Breakfast.

“It’s a complete overreaction and it’s complete panic.”

During the same show, Blues great Laurie Daley noted that the big overhaul addressed a number of flaws in the team selected for the series opener.

Jake Trbojevic has been named in New South Wales' roster for Origin II after being unexpectedly left out of the series opener in Sydney on June 8.

Jake Trbojevic has been named in New South Wales’ roster for Origin II after being unexpectedly left out of the series opener in Sydney on June 8.

But Broncos star Kotoni Staggs has been dropped after his Origin debut in Game 1

But Broncos star Kotoni Staggs has been dropped after his Origin debut in Game 1

“I probably wouldn’t have made that many changes, but what I would have done […] I would have had some of those players in Game I,” said Daley, who coached New South Wales between 2013 and 2017.

Like Daley, Corey Parker believes that the flurry of changes leading up to the highlights of Game 2 Fittler had his team wrong for Origin I.

“I think Freddy made a decision five minutes after the first game,” he said Fox Sports

“They’re not going to raise their hands at any stage and say they’re wrong, but they’re wrong — clearly. […] Now they’ve changed all that again. I don’t understand how they get so long to come up with a team they want, then they change it.’

Former Broncos star Corey Parker

Former New South Wales coach Laurie Daley

Corey Parker (left) and Laurie Daley felt Fittler got his team wrong in Game I

Meanwhile, Gorden Tallis questioned Fittler’s decision to drop Kotoni Staggs in favor of Bulldogs star Matt Burton after handing the Broncos fledgling gun its debut in the series opener.

“I don’t think they put it to good use,” the former Maroon great told Triple M.

‘I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t want him to notice. If I got caught at one point and got Kotoni Staggs in front of me or Matt Burton, I’d be scared to have Kotoni Staggs.”

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