Laurie Daley “disappointed” after being sacked as NSW State of Origin coach

LAURIE Daley has been sacked as New South Wales State of Origin coach following a marathon board meeting.

The NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) Board this afternoon confirmed it would not be renewing Daley’s five-year contract which ended this year after finalising its review of the 2017 series.

The board said it will conduct an organisational overhaul and restructure, which includes appointing a new coach.


NSWRL Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM said the Board had decided it was time for a new direction.

Dr Peponis said Daley was a legend of the game and was “obviously disappointed” with the board’s decision.

“I have spoken with Laurie and he understands the decision. He is obviously disappointed but he has enjoyed the journey and appreciated the opportunity,” said Dr Peponis.

“Obviously we thank Laurie for the significant contribution he has made over the past five years.

“He is a legend of the game and has done a tremendous job.”

Daley guided the Blues to victory in 2014, ending an eight-year series drought.

He is the only New South Wales coach to win a State of Origin series in the past 12 years.

“We felt it was time to make a change,” Dr Peponis said.

“All aspects of the business will be looked at from coaching staff to team operations and personnel.”