Blues a step ahead of the Maroons?

NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley.
NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley. JULIAN SMITH

 While New South Wales has locked away its State of Origin planning for the 2016 series, titleholder Queensland is yet to find a replacement for outgoing coach Mal Meninga.

The Queensland Rugby League has argued the Maroons job is too important to rush someone in without a thorough process.

Blues coach Laurie Daley said his preparations were complete, including securing a training base and team structures including the coaching staff.

"We've got everything done now ... we're lucky. We know we're (training) at Coffs Harbour, we know all our commercial arrangements and what we have to do, how we're going to train. All those things have been locked in," Daley said at the team's 2016 Origin jersey launch in Sydney.

He suggested the new Queensland coach might want to instigate some changes to the team's preparations for 2016, but it seems whoever the new man is will not be known until the New Year.

Meanwhile, the International Rugby League Federation has released its latest world rankings which confirm New Zealand has displaced Australia in the top spot, with England at No.3 and Samoa at No.4.

Results of next year's Four Nations games will decide where the countries are seeded going into the 2017 World Cup.

Australia recently appointed former Queensland Origin coach Meninga to replace Tim Sheens in its bid to reclaim top spot from the Kiwis.



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