A historic Camden Pub has made headlines after embracing the State of Origin spirit with an unusual re-brand which caused temporary confusion among locals after the new signage led to concerns the venue had been sold.
The Plough and Harrow hotel, which was built in 1841 and remains in that exact spot despite refurbishment, has teamed up with Tooheys and renamed itself 'The Tedesco Inn' in honour of Blues captain and local junior James Tedesco, who attended the venue with the rest of the NSW team earlier in the week.
The name will stay until the end of the three-game series on July 12, while Tooheys will also be donating 50 cents from every schooner of their beer sold to local Group 6 club the Camden Rams, who Tedesco played for in his formative years.
As well as broadcasting every match of the Origin series, the venue is also offering a 'Teddy Parmigiana'. Publican Russ Lowe, a proud local, jumped at the opportunity to celebrate a community icon when Tooheys came with the offer.
“Not only am I a proud supporter of the Camden Rams and watched Teddy grow up on the field, Teddy and his family have been coming to our venue for years - so it was a natural fit," Lowe told NSWRL media.
“Teddy is the pride of the Camden community.”
Tedesco, who grew up in nearby Menangle, has been captain of the NSW Origin side for eight matches, and led the team to victory in 2021.