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City vs Country Origin

City vs. Country Origin
General Information
First Season 1930
Website City vs. Country
Most Wins City Origin
Next Game TBD
2008
Winners Draw - City retain shield as 2007 winners

City vs Country is an annual Australian rugby league match that takes place in New South Wales between a City and Country side. It is played before the Rugby League State of Origin series and is often referred to as a selection trial for the New South Wales Blues team.

The concept of an annual clash between a City and Country team originally started in 1911 with a Metropolitan side taking on the Country team. The first match officially took place on June 10, 1911 with City taking the victory 29 to 8. It would take another nineteen years before an annual clash between an official City and Country side was agreed upon during the 1930 season.

The players who now represent the City and Country sides come from the National Rugby League competition in Australia.

Teams


City Origin Team

Country Origin Team

History

Country V City has long played a part in New South Wales sporting history, with the first traces of the concept being linked back as far as 1886. The then Southern Rugby Football Union (later to become the NSWRU) would hold an annual `test match' between a Combined Countrymen and Metropolis sides, with the match to be used by the organisation for picking players for NSW.

The concept took off and by the early 1900s `Country Week', as it was titled, became a major component of the Rugby calendar. This rivalry between City and Country continued to occur after Rugby League was formed in 1907. However, it was only in 1911 that rugby league held its first recorded City V Country clash. While there is some indication that a match may have been played in 1910, the code's infancy probably resulted in the game not being of a high enough standard to be recorded.

The representative match was played on a laissez-faire basis in League up until 1928 when the Country Rugby League and New South Wales Rugby League saw the value in making the tournament an annual match. This was understandable at the time for League, as many areas in Country NSW had not even heard of League until late 1927.

Newcastle was the first non-Sydney town to take up the code in 1909 in its own domestic competition, which was boosted by the participation of the `Rebels' in the NSWRL Sydney competition in 1908 and 1909. The Illawarra region followed in 1910, but further away from Sydney it took longer for the code make any impact.

By the time the match was made a permanent fixture, interest in the concept was high enough to make it sustainable. However, similar to State of Origin before 1980, Country Rugby League faced the problem of its major players being snapped up by the richer Sydney clubs, draining the regional representative sides. This assisted City's domination of the fixture.

It wasn't till 1987, with the recent inclusions of Canberra, Illawarra and Newcastle in the NSWRL competition, that the "player drain" issue was addressed. The Origin rule, which was also used to revive the State of Origin concept, proved invaluable in giving Country the player base it needed to compete with the City team. However, Country only recorded their first win five years after the concept was introduced, in 1992.

Country then won three out of the five years after their first Origin victory before the City vs Country concept was removed from the representative scene (much like the World Sevens and Kangaroo Tours) as a result of the Super League War.

The competition wasn't revived again till four years later, when the National Rugby League saw the match's value in terms of media exposure, television ratings and the merit of taking the fixture to country towns.

City vs Country results

Overall summary

Team Played Wins Losses Draw
City 83 64 17 2
Country 83 17 64 2

Year by year

The table below shows the results of the annual City vs Country games from 1930 to the present day. The colour of the year denotes the team that has won or retained the shield.

Under residency selection rules

1930 Country 35 City 26
1931 City 17 Country 15
1932 City 27 Country 14
1933 City 47 Country 16
1933 City 17 Country 17
1934 City 28 Country 14
1934 City 32 Country 29
1935 City 20 Country 5
1936 City 41 Country 8
1937 Country 20 City 12
1937 Country 15 City 5
1938 City 42 Country 12
1939 City 38 Country 17
1940 City 28 Country 10
1941 City 44 Country 21
1942 Country 14 City 11
1943 City 37 Country 25
1944 City 17 Country 10
1945 City 41 Country 12
1946 City 31 Country 10
1947 City 33 Country 10
1948 City 28 Country 13
1948 Country 10 City 6
1949 City 23 Country 2
1950 City 51 Country 13
1951 City 24 Country 6
1952 City 23 Country 21
1953 Country 28 City 27
1954 City 50 Country 9
1955 City 31 Country 18
1956 City 32 Country 17
1957 City 53 Country 2
1958 City 55 Country 14
1959 City 37 Country 7
1960 City 22 Country 2
1961 Country 19 City 5
1962 Country 18 City 8
1963 City 35 Country 11
1964 City 27 Country 4
1965 City 32 Country 2
1966 City 18 Country 14
1966 Country 16 City 12
1967 City 17 Country 16
1968 City 34 Country 14
1969 City 27 Country 20
1970 City 22 Country 18
1971 City 17 Country 0
1972 City 35 Country 6
1973 City 33 Country 17
1974 City 23 Country 0
1975 Country 19 City 9
1976 City 47 Country 0
1977 City 36 Country 0
1978 City 30 Country 13
1979 City 39 Country 0
1980 City 55 Country 2
1981 City 38 Country 7
1982 City 47 Country 3
1983 City 30 Country 13
1984 City 38 Country 12
1985 City 18 Country 12
1986 City 34 Country 16
Under origin selection rules
1987 City 30 Country 22
1988 City 20 Country 18
1989 City 16 Country 8
1990 City 28 Country 26
1991 City 22 Country 12
1992 Country 17 City 10
1993 City 7 Country 0
1994 Country 22 City 2
1995 City 16 Country 8
1996 Country 18 City 16
1997 Country 17 City 4
2001 Country 42 City 10
2002 City 26 Country 16
2003 City 17 Country 16
2004 Country 22 City 18
2005 City 29 Country 22
2006 Country 12 City 10
2007 City 12 Country 6
2008 Country 22 City 22

  • City vs Country not held 1998-2000

Line-Ups

City vs Country 2008

22-22

City: Country:

1. Brett Hodgson 1. Brett Kearney

2. Jarryd Hayne 2. Amos Roberts

3. Ben Pomeroy 3. Joel Monaghan

4. Brett Delaney 4. Ben Harris

5. Luke Rooney 5. Anthony Quinn

6. Braith Anasta 6. Todd Carney

7. Mitchell Pearce 7. Brett Finch

8. Mark O'Meley 8. Brett White

9. Corey Hughes 9. Danny Buderus

10. Bryce Gibbs 10. Anthony Laffranchi

11. Luke Lewis 11. Nathan Hindmarsh

12. Mark Minichiello 12. Andrew Ryan

13. John Sutton 13. Craig Fitzgibbon

Interchange Bench: Interchange Bench:

14. Peter Wallace 14. Ben Cross

15. Chad Robinson 15. Chris Heighington

16. Ray Cashmere 16. Ben Hornby

17. Feleti Mateo 17. Glenn Stewart

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