New South Wales State of Origin coach Laurie Daley sought advice from All Blacks' coach Steve Hansen as he attempts to arrest his side's run of seven consecutive State of Origin losses to Queensland.
Daley, told the Live Sport radio station this morning that he met up with the All Blacks coach last year to find out what made the All Blacks so successful and he hopes to use that knowledge to end the Blues' barren run.
"I have been lucky enough to sit down with Steve," Daley said.
"When I first got the job I went up to Brisbane, they [All Blacks] were preparing for a test against Australia. I sat down with him and he was good enough to give me an hour and a half of his time," Daley said.
"I wanted to know a lot about the All Blacks culture, their success and how they've been able to stay on top of Australia for the last 10 years.
"For us, it's similar in reverse with New South Wales taking on Queensland.
"While Queensland continue to have success against New South Wales, they're never complacent and their preparation has always been spot."
The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003, taking it off their Trans Tasman rivals by beating the Wallabies 50-21 in Sydney and 21-17 at Eden Park that year. Since then, Australia has rarely good close to taking back the Cup.
"I just find there are so many similarities between Queensland and the All Blacks when they take on Australia," said Daley.
"So I got an understanding of their mindset and it was great of Steve to give me his time and it was certainly very valuable on my behalf.
"I certainly got a lot out of it and hopefully I can put some of those things in place for New South Wales this year."
Meanwhile, Daley has given the Warriors' Feleti Mateo cause to feel optimistic about his chance of playing Origin this year buy describing him as a unique player.
"I had a group of 20 guys midway through January," said Daley.
"We held a camp in Sydney and we called them Emerging Origin players.
"Unfortunately, Feleti hurt his neck at Warriors training the day before, so was unable to make the camp.
"It was for guys that hadn't been part of Origin, but we see them as players capable of playing this year.
"Feleti missed that opportunity through injury, but he is certainly someone I'd like to keep an eye on.
"Because for me Feleti has something a bit different to offer than some of the other players.
"Part of my philosophy has been to attack and be confident in your own ability.
"Over time, Feleti is one of the more dangerous back rowers in the competition but he just needs to be more selective with his passing game.
"But he is a big, strong man, who can carry the football, create a bit of second phase play and is very skilful.
"If he can get that right balance his game I think he's someone that Queensland would feel threatened by, coming off the bench."
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