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NSW confident Origin stars will behave

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017 Steve Zemek

The NSWRL have defended their decision to base the NSW State of Origin side at The Star casino ahead of game two, playing down any chance of player misbehaviour.

For the first time during coach Laurie Daley's reign, the Blues will set up camp in Sydney, with the team to train out of Leichhardt Oval and to stay at The Star in Pyrmont.

NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden said the players wouldn't have restrictions put on their movements and trusted them not to get into strife.

This is despite The Star being the site of several player indiscretions over the last few years and gambling and drinking being easily accessible.

"We're totally confident and we wouldn't be there if we weren't," Trodden told AAP.

"It's really about accommodation facilities and there's none better than the ones there. But I think that issue is overblown a bit. If you're staying in Sydney there are bars around."

Trodden said there wasn't a need to put players on a tight leash or strict behavioural guidelines, arguing they were professional enough to do the right thing.

"We trust them and we're totally confident that they're in the best facilities there and they'll respect the facilities in behavioural terms and other terms," Trodden said.

Last year Corey Norman, James Segeyaro and Junior Paulo were warned by police about consorting with known criminals after they were pictured having dinner with bikies and accused criminals.

Wests Tigers forward Kyle Lovett in February pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge after being caught with a bag of cocaine in his underwear while driving through a well-known drugs hot spot near the Star.

Willis Meehan was sacked from the Sydney Roosters in 2015 after he headbutted a man and stole his watch in an early morning altercation near the Star.

Meehan had a robbery charge thrown out and had no conviction recorded for an assault charge.

For several years the Blues have based themselves in Coffs Harbour for all three games to avoid the limelight.

Daley has changed things up this year and the team will bunker down in Kingscliff, just south of the Queensland border, for games one and three in Brisbane.

While the team will stay in Sydney for all of their preparations for game two at ANZ Stadium.

"Our guys are pretty professional these days," Daley said.

"They know what's required of them and Origin has changed since my time.

"I think it will be good for our guys to be in Sydney and really feel the support they have."

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