NSW Blues coach Michael Maguire refuses to guarantee spots for State of Origin stalwarts

  • NSW Rugby League confirm that Maguire to succeed Brad Fittler
  • James Tedesco among players that will have to reclaim their place

NSW coach Michael Maguire is adamant each player will have to earn their spot back as the Blues confirm a complete overhaul of their coaching staff for the next State of Origin series. After weeks of speculation, NSW Rugby League confirmed on Thursday that Maguire would succeed Brad Fittler, who stepped down in September after leading them for six series.

The Blues declined to comment on the length of the contract signed by the premiership-winning former South Sydney mentor, other than to say it was a multi-year deal. Maguire left his role in charge of the New Zealand national team to take the role from 2024, when NSW will hope to recover from back-to-back series defeats.

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