Bumped: Laurie Daley and the Blues have been forced to train at Leichhardt Oval instead of ANZ Stadium. Photo: Getty Images
Laurie Daley's preparations for Origin III have been bent slightly out of kilter by about the only sporting entity that could rival State of Origin in the next week.
Manchester United are due in Sydney this weekend before their match against the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium on July 20 and will use Jubilee Oval at Kogarah as their base.
The venue's conversion to a football field in preparation for United creates a clash with the Blues, who ordinarily use the ground for training on the Sunday before Origin matches. NSW will instead head to Leichhardt Oval.
''It's one of those things,'' outgoing NSWRL chief executive Geoff Carr said. ''The good thing about rugby league is there are plenty of grounds that are close and convenient to where we are. It won't pose too many problems.''
Meanwhile, backing a beer sponsor may not be a good look for Queensland coach Mal Meninga right now.
But it sure beats the sights promised by Meninga at the Maroons' bonding session on a tropical island ahead of next week's Origin decider.
TV cameras were banned from Queensland's inaugural visit to XXXX Island - formerly Pumpkin Island before it was rebranded by their sponsors - off Rockhampton.
But the media had no complaints after hearing what Meninga had planned.
''Swim around buoys, frolicking along the sand,'' he said. ''We probably won't have any clothes on.''