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Brad Fittler's Blues have been given clearance to use their centre of excellence as a warm-up facility – despite COVID restrictions – as they try to salvage the State of Origin series at ANZ Stadium.
Even allowing for the enormous disruption to NRL matches and the opening Origin clash in Adelaide due to the pandemic, the game's biosecurity experts have assessed NSW's training field and Olympic Park facility before game two on Wednesday night.
James Tedesco’s first time leading his state onto the field will come after walking through an underground tunnel.Credit:Getty
But that's now been put to bed.
Boyd Cordner, who will miss the rest of the series after ruling himself amid a concussion drama, last year walked the NSW side through the tunnel, which is adorned with pictures of past Blues greats.
Television viewers were able to follow the walk with cameras fitted in the walkway.
The Blues went on to win the decider when Tedesco scored a last-gasp try for a second straight series win.
It was the first time a sports team has actually walked through the tunnel, which was last used in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Cathy Freeman trod the same path before racing to victory in the 400m final.
Wayne Bennett's Maroons will travel to Sydney on Wednesday before returning to Queensland the following morning as the NRL edges closer to completing a season many thought would prove impossible.
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