The New South Wales rugby league team has represented the Australian state of New South Wales in rugby league football since the sports beginnings there in 1907. Also known as the Blues due to their sky blue jerseys, the team competes in the annual State of Origin series against neighbouring team and this annual event is a series of three games competing for the State of Origin shield. In 2013,2014,2015 and 2016 the Blues were captained by Paul Gallen and they have played all their home matches at Stadium Australia, New South Wales largest stadium, since it was built in 1999. The visiting All Golds won all three games, later in 1908 the Queensland team, whose first taste of rugby league football was also against the visiting Kiwis, traveled to Sydney for the first series of games between the two states. New South Wales won all three matches, setting a precedent for interstate dominance that would continue throughout most of the 20th century, in 1910 New South Wales defeated the touring England team in two of their three games. After that they became the first Blues side to travel to Queensland for the interstate series. In 1912 the New South Wales team first toured New Zealand and they also visited New Zealand in 1913. During the 1913 New Zealand rugby league tour of Australia New South Wales played four matches against the Kiwis, the New South Wales team lost its first game against Queensland in 1922. This year the Blues also toured New Zealand, during the 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand New South Wales played one match against the successful France national rugby league team, a 14-all draw. In a 1954 tour match between Great Britain and New South Wales the referee left the field in disgust at the players persistent fighting after 56 minutes so the match was abandoned. New South Wales dominance over Queensland came to an end with the introduction of state of origin selection rules in the early 1980s, ricky Stuart, who had previously coached New South Wales in 2005, was announced as the first full-time Blues coach in November 2010. Following the 2012 series, the Blues seventh consecutive loss, Stuart resigned the role, Stuart took a role as the Parramatta Eels head coach in 2013, citing family reasons for his move. Although the Blues continued their losing streak during Stuarts tenure, he is credited with restoring passion and pride to the NSW jersey and he was replaced by former Canberra, NSW and Australia teammate Laurie Daley. Daleys appointment as NSW State of Origin coach was announced in August 2012, Daley got job over candidates including Trent Barrett, Brad Fittler and Daniel Anderson. Daley coached the Blues to a victory in 2014, their first since 2005 and over his coaching rival. The secondary colour is blue, with additional contrasting colour of white. The official New South Wales rugby league team supporter group is known as Blatchys Blues,1 - Josh Dugan was originally selected to play in Game I, but he withdrew due to an elbow injury. He was replaced by Josh Morris,2 - James Tamou was originally selected to start on the bench in Game I, but however on game day he swapped positions with Greg Bird
The inaugural 'All Blues' squad of 1907.
The first New South Wales team to go to Queensland in 1910.