Laurie Daley has declared the era of the bonding session over, saying players will not be permitted to have "a night on the tiles" when the NSW State of Origin squad assembles at their new base in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.
Boozy bonding evenings are a traditional feature of Origin campaigns, the drinks flowing in an effort to bring together players who would ordinarily be opponents at club level.
However, NSW's inability to win an interstate series since 2005, and a clear bid by coach Daley to address the culture of the state team, means there will be next to no guzzling of grog after the squad's charter flight from Sydney lands on the mid north coast on Tuesday night.
The move to stamp out any off-field distractions comes after the lead-up to last year's second Origin game was marred by winger Blake Ferguson's arrest and then charging with indecent assault on the eve of the Blues' camp in Sydney.
It also explains Daley's extreme disappointment with Mitchell Pearce's antics eight days ago when the halfback was arrested by police after refusing to leave a Kings Cross nightclub.
While Daley says players will not be banned from having a quiet beer, the camp could be a dry one if the example being set by the team's likely starting front-rowers is anything to go by.
Cowboys prop James Tamou said on Sunday he endorsed a pledge by captain Paul Gallen to swear off alcohol in camp before Wednesday week's first Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium and would not touch a drop himself.
"The days of the bonding session as such are gone," Daley said on Sunday. "I've been given the charter to help change and drive the culture for a high-performance team and that's something that we're doing this year. To end those type of bonding nights is part of that. It's not about having a beer. Prohibition doesn't work. If some of the guys want to have a beer, that's fine. But it certainly won't be a camp where they can have a night out on the tiles so to speak."
Tamou sat out Origin II last year after a drink-driving arrest in Townsville and after being told of Gallen's intention to stay off the drink, he said he supported the Daley-driven culture shock.
"I've got a lot of respect for Laurie and I know all the boys do as well. I can't wait to get into camp, just to sort of catch up with them and see the boys but I'm happy just to be in camp for camp and footy all the way," Tamou told Triple M. "If that means cut out all the fun so be it. I'm all for it. If (Gallen) says that then I'm 100 per cent right behind him. He's very inspirational for this state and I know a few of the boys will definitely buy into it. Hearing that, I definitely know I will. I'll stand right beside him."
Daley said he was confident the Blues could put behind them the series of dramas from the past week, from the Pearce incident, injuries to prop Andrew Fifita (ankle) and back-rower Boyd Cordner (suspected syndesmosis), the suspension of Greg Bird, as well as his own public run-in with broadcaster Ray Hadley.
"That's what we've been dealt, so we've got to deal with it,'' Daley said. ''It's good that these things are happening now before we go into camp. Once the players go into camp their focus will be on the job of playing football. I'm sure they're not too concerned about issues at the moment.
''They just want to stay injury free, make the side and do their best in the first Origin game. I think our players are very resilient and very good at putting any issue to the side that doesn't affect them. That's very important and how you want to be as a professional player because a lot of these things can pop up at any moment. While people are talking about Fifita and Bird and all the others I think once the team is settled and we get into camp everything will be OK."
Cordner flew back from Townsville on Sunday wearing a moon boot and will have scans on his ankle on Monday. If he is ruled out of contention his place is likely to be taken by either North Queensland's Tariq Sims, Canterbury's Josh Jackson or Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman.