Blues booze ban in Lennox Head
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.
"You only get three cracks a year at them (Queensland) and you have to make it count.
"I'm looking forward to sitting back as a fan and seeing how the start of the NRL season pans out and what players put their hand up (for selection).”
The Hogs for the Homeless is supported by NSW Rugby League and Fittler has been a regular on the ride since it started six years ago.
He was joined by the likes of Manly legend Steve Menzies and other former State of Origin players at Lennox Head.
"I've known the publican here, Greg Campbell, for a while and he has been a great supporter,” Fittler said. "We had an idea to get all the kids down here for a game of touch footy on the Sunday afternoon.
"More people are supporting the Hogs for the Homeless ride each year and the money is going to a really good cause.
"We're missing Danny Buderus and Nathan Hindmarsh at the moment but they'll be meeting up with us again before it finishes.”