Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

BLUES BOOZE BAN; There'll Be No Repeat of Last Year's Pre-Game Drinks at Lennox, Says New Origin Coach

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

BLUES BOOZE BAN; There'll Be No Repeat of Last Year's Pre-Game Drinks at Lennox, Says New Origin Coach

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Byline: Mitchell Craig mitchell.craig@northernstar.com.au

DON'T expect to see any NSW players at the Lennox Hotel before the State of Origin series this year.

Blues players Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson came under fire last year after they were spotted in the hotel for several hours five days before the Origin decider in Brisbane.

New Blues coach Brad Fittler was in Lennox Head on Sunday as part of the Hogs for the Homeless motorcycle charity visit.

He played a game of touch football on the beach directly opposite the hotel, with the afternoon also doubling as the Lennox Head junior rugby league sign-on.

"They aren't here today (Dugan and Ferguson), well I haven't seen them over there anyway," Fittler joked.

"It won't happen this year, we'll be based back in Sydney and spending most of our time there.

"A lot of what I want to do this year is already set and there are plenty of nights where I'm laying awake in bed thinking about it. …

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