Why NSW Blues captain James Tedesco’s short skkep falling down


“I wear shorts, plus my BSc Skins [compression shorts], plus ‘budgy smugglers’,” said Tedesco, as he carefully peeled back his three layers of clothing to the Herald. “I don’t really tie up the shorts because everything beneath keeps things tight.

“Sometimes I feel like I bounce off tackles and people grab whatever they can grab on to. It’s not like I’m going out there with undies and loose shorts – it’s all kept pretty compact down there.

“It’s not something I plan. I’ve seen the comments on the socials about my shorts falling down, but there’s not much else I can do.”

Tedesco’s footy shorts appear to slide up and down easily against his Skins compression shorts, which contain lycra. The Blues No.1 said there had been no dramatic weight loss and he fluctuated between a 34-inch and 36-inch waistline.

Matt Burton’s kicking game will be a major threat for NSW in Origin II.

Matt Burton’s kicking game will be a major threat for NSW in Origin II.Credit:Getty

While happy to have a laugh about his shorts, Tedesco was not smiling when trying to diffuse a few monster bombs from Cleary and Burton for the first time at Blues training.

Cleary and Burton arguably have the best respective right and left boots in rugby league. Burton has made an immediate impression on the Blues’ skipper, who barely knew the 22-year-old before he they touched down in Perth this week.

“They’re both very different kickers of the ball,” Tedesco said. “Burton puts up the torpedoes while Nath puts up the floaters.

“Burto definitely has the bigger boot, but Nath is more precise, and his kicks move around a bit more. Burton put some up at training [on Wednesday] for us before. It was great practice.”

Tedesco tried to take his game to another level early in the second half of game one, and said the Blues failed to “nail our moments”. The Blues looked a threat every time Tedesco carted the ball up through the middle, trying to inspire his side.

“Some little effort areas that have served us well in the past, we didn’t nail them,” Tedesco said. “It became clear watching the video back how we can improve on that, and we’ve addressed that.”

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