Wayne Bennett won't help New South Wales out of State of Origin blues

New South Wales were handed their fourth Origin series loss in five years this year.
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New South Wales were handed their fourth Origin series loss in five years this year.

He'll coach England against Australia in this year's Rugby League World Cup, but Wayne Bennett won't offer the same help to New South Wales' State of Origin side.

The Blues could be looking for a new coach within weeks if Laurie Daley decides to stand down following his fourth series loss in five years.

Bennett, who led Queensland in seven series, also helped New Zealand claim the 2008 World Cup against the Kangaroos.

Brisbane and England coach Wayne Bennett isn't likely to be the Blues' Origin saviour.
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Brisbane and England coach Wayne Bennett isn't likely to be the Blues' Origin saviour.

But the England coach won't entertain the treachery of trying to take down the Maroons Origin team.

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"I've coached New Zealand, England, Queensland, Australia but not NSW," he said, when asked whether he would mentor the Blues.

One of the most successful coaches in the modern game, Bennett refused to be drawn in on solutions to the Blues' Origin woes until a call had been made on Daley's future.

No call will be made on the position until that point, however speculation is already rampant on who could be the Blues' 15th Origin coach.

Andrew Johns' cause was again trumpeted by his brother, Matthew.

The former Blues five-eighth pointed to his brother's "passion and tactical nous" as reasons why he had to have full control over the Blues' coaching staff.

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Andrew Johns told AAP last month he wouldn't take on the full-time role given the emotional toll it would take on him, however he has since indicated that could change.

New South Wales City Origin coach Brad Fittler is considered the likely front-runner for the role, having also led the under-18s and under-16s squads this year.

The most-capped Blue in history, he was one of the leading contenders for the position when Daley was appointed in late-2012, and his involvement with New South Wales Rugby League has only increased since then.

Former under-20s coach Dean Pay could also be a contender as could Country Origin coach Craig Fitzgibbon and current Blues assistant and ex-Gold Coast mentor John Cartwright.

Former Manly mentor Geoff Toovey could be considered an outside chance, given his reputation as one of the Blues' toughest players and his four-year stint at the Sea Eagles.

Blues under-20s coach Danny Buderus and Cronulla mentor Shane Flanagan have both already ruled out their interest, keen to keep their current roles.

 - AAP

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