28 March 2023

Region Riverina vs NRL legend Brad Fittler

| Glenn Pallister
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Brad Fittler

Blues coach Brad Fittler addresses the media. Photo: NRL.

Wikipedia says: Bradley Scott Fittler (born 5 February, 1972), also known by the nickname “Freddy”, is the head coach of the NSW State of Origin rugby league team, a commentator and a television presenter.

Fittler has previously coached the Sydney Roosters in the NRL and the NSW City side, and at an international level, he coached Lebanon. He is a former professional player who was named among the finest footballers of the first century of rugby league in Australia.

We say: Freddy is the coolest cucumber going around! Barefooted, yoga, has llamas on his property (because he likes that they poop in the same place), and has a resting pulse rate below most humans. If he’s ever been stressed, we’ve never seen it.

Definitely in the Top 50 Aussies To Have a Beer With!

Do you have a connection to the Region? What and when was your last visit?

I’ve been going to the Riverina every year. It is a fantastic place to ride around. My earliest memory was a state carnival at Tumut. Nearly my earliest footy memory.

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NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler and Blues veteran Nathan Hindmarsh in Wagga in 2022. Photo: Glenn Pallister.

Favourite thing about the Region?

The people are always friendly and fun.

What was your best food experience?

Simon Bonetti (former Roosters teammate) wedding; schooners and pasta.

What’s a “must do” when in the Region?

Learn about the Snowy Hydro history. Incredible.

Drive or fly?


What are your three go-to songs on the road trip to the Region?

Bob Seger, Like a Rock

America, Ventura Highway

Don Henley, Boys of Summer

Name one person you would not want in the passenger seat for the drive.

Because it’s a ride, unless it’s Marie (my wife), I would rather be alone.

If they can be dead, Marilyn Monroe (*we presume he does not mean her corpse!).

Do you bring your own pillows?

No pillows, I like to look forward to going home and putting my head on my pillow.

Why should someone who hasn’t visited here make the trip?

There is something for everyone.

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