Queensland State of Origin team arrive at the Sunshine Coast Airport. Greg Inglis and Josh Papalii brave the rain. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Queensland State of Origin team arrive at the Sunshine Coast Airport. Greg Inglis and Josh Papalii brave the rain. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Maroons book in for a long stay at Palmer's Coolum resort

QUEENSLAND'S Origin side seems almost

certain to return to Palmer Coolum Resort next year and beyond. Why? Because the team simply loves it.

The Maroons - including Greg Inglis and Josh Papalii - touched down in a private jet at Sunshine Coast Airport late yesterday afternoon.

They then boarded a bus and headed for the Palmer resort.

Maroons media manager Michael Hillier said the team, which has used the resort as its Origin base since 2008, still had not made a final decision on the matter.

"I think people are taking this way too far to be honest," he said.

"The guys love it and enjoy the top facilitates and the grounds at the resort which really suit the team and their preparations.

"There's been discussions (about going elsewhere) but the guys love coming here and could be back again."

Palmer Coolum Resort general manager Bill Schoch said he hoped the resort would continue its relationship with Queensland Rugby League.

"We absolutely want them back next year," he said.

"We believe their preparations here are part of their success because we look after them and make sure they are ready for battle.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga last month suggested that the QRL was looking to "freshen things up" as the Maroons aimed to extend their stunning winning run.



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