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Coffs Harbour students were given a rare opportunity to get to know some of the State’s best Rugby League players and legends today.

NSW State of Origin players took time out from their training camp to meet and talk with students from John Paul College, Bishop Druitt College, Toormina High School, Coffs Primary and Jetty High.

Hosted by Enterprise and Training Company (ETC), the school visits were designed to inspire, motivate and entertain the students.

The players answered endless questions and provided honest insights into their lives.

Coach Laurie Daley told the students at John Paul College about the importance of behaviour and leadership.

“Behaviour drives performance and that’s something we believe very strongly in,” Mr Daley said.

“In my experience, leaders lead and they don’t follow.

“I’ve found though that if I want to get a message across to a certain player in the team about their behaviour or performance it’s often more powerful if it comes from another player – one of their peers – rather than from a person in authority.”

Fullback Jarryd Hayne talked about his role as one of the most experienced players in the NSW’s side, how he had been playing since the age of four and what he did to handle pressure.

The Parramatta Eels player also shed some light on what goes on in the camp when the players aren’t training and how they enjoy playing a game of FIFA during their downtime.

There was joke telling and personal questions about what a typical day involves for a NSW’s Rugby League player.

The question that most students wanted to know however was: is NSW ready to defeat Qld next Wednesday night in the first match of the series – to which the reply was a resounding YES!



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