Posted: 22 May, 2015
Health-conscious NSW players ditch booze for the natural energy drink
Andrew Fifita high fives during a NSW Blues State of Origin training session at Novotel Coffs Harbour yesterday. Source: Getty Images
NSW Blues players have ditched the grog for a much healthier option - coconut water.
The secret weapon during their State of Origin camp in Coffs Harbour could well be the secret weapon in their chances of beating the Maroons next Wednesday.
NSW coach Laurie Daley isn’t enforcing an official booze ban, instead the squad has chosen not to touch a drop.
Not one sip of booze has been consumed by players leading into next week, and no players have hit up the bar inside NSW’s training base at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour.
Backrower Trent Merrin telling Triple M, “I think it’s changing all now, I think we just enjoy getting into camp and relaxing. It’s too hard now, the level of professionalism.”
Players have instead been spotted sipping the sports drink each day in camp.
It’ll be the first time in NSW’s 35-year State of Origin history where players have turned their back on any alcohol.
This drink of choice is a massive culture swing from recent years, where players would engage in boozy bonding nights - some which turned into all-nighters.
It sounds like it’s a different story up north in the Queensland camp according to Maroons legend Gorden Tallis, “Can someone tell Queensland, because I went there last night and they were still hung-over! Can someone tell them there’s a level of professionalism!” he told Triple M’s The Rush Hour.
Senior members of last year’s NSW playing group requested the introduction of coconut water this series to help with rehydration.
Just like goji berries, quinoa and kale, coconut water has been embraced as a powerful and natural health booster.
The Blues trained in a massive downpour yesterday before a training-free day today.
The NSW squad returns to Sydney on Sunday before setting up camp near ANZ Stadium.