Freddy and his Blues will open up to Lismore

Mitchell Craig
By Mitchell Craig
Updated June 29 2022 - 12:06am, first published June 27 2022 - 6:30am

NSW will make one final stop in Lismore before going on to play the State of Origin series decider in Brisbane.

The Blues are set to touch down at Oakes Oval on Tuesday where they will host an open training session.

The visit was pencilled in by NSW Rugby League after the first flood in February.

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Some of the biggest names in rugby league will be there including NSW captain James Tedesco and premiership-winning Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary.

Cleary led the team to a 44-12 thumping over Queensland in the second game of the series at Perth on Sunday night

Coach Brad 'Freddy' Fittler and his advisor Greg Alexander visited Lismore just two days after the 2020 series.

Fittler had to face the music with NSW losing the final game in a 2-1 series loss after going in as favourites.

"These are the people I have to answer to and they've had a lot of hard-hitting questions about the State of Origin," Fittler said.

"I see this as part of my job, I like to get out and find out what people think of the team and how we went.

"We'll take our lessons and learn from it, but you have to move on.

"I'll always front up to face the music and we appreciate how much people care.

"I'm probably my own harshest critic and it can take a lot out of you."

DYNAMIC DUO: NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler with his assistant and NRL legend Greg Alexander during a visit to Lismore in 2020. Picture: Mitchell Craig

The NSW Rugby League announced a flood relief package worth more than $600,000 to assist communities across the state, particularly in northern NSW,

It included a $300,000 fund to replace items including jerseys, shorts, socks, footballs, tackle pads and goal posts; the total cost of insurance of all clubs in the affected areas worth an estimated $217,380; and a $100,000 pledge to a whole of game fund in conjunction with the NRL and Queensland Rugby League.

"NSW Rugby League is proud of its community ties and is dedicated to provide ongoing support for flood-affected areas around our great state," NSWRL Chief Commercial Officer Jodie Cross said.

"The town of Lismore has been through so much with the horrendous floods and we wanted to ensure they have the full support of the rugby league community.

"The NSW Blues have always had a strong connection to the community and are looking forward to coming to Lismore in July to spread some cheer and do whatever we can to help the town get back on its feet."

The final State of Origin game will be played at Suncorp Stadium on July 13.

The NSW Blues have always had a strong connection to the community and are looking forward to coming to Lismore

- Jodie Cross

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Mitchell Craig

Mitchell Craig

News and sport reporter

Australian Community Media journalist with over 10 year's experience in providing quality news and sport stories.