The 2017 City vs Country match takes place at Mudgee and is the final time the fixture is played
While the NRL world goes crazy for State Of Origin during the representative Rugby League season the other key match during this time is the City vs. Country clash.
Another representative NRL match drawing players from across the 16 NRL clubs, the game pits a City squad from Sydney’s metropolitan area against the Country boys from the rest of the state and takes place each year in provincial New South Wales.
Leading up to the incredibly popular three-match State Of Origin series, the City vs. Country showdown is often viewed as a selection trial for players hoping to represent the New South Wales Blues in the biggest NRL games of the year.
Key State Of Origin Blues players in recent history to come out of the City v Country game include Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, Josh Reynolds and 2015 Country Origin captain James Maloney.
The current format was inaugurated in 1987 when the ‘origin rule’ for squad qualification was introduced so that players in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition outside of Sydney could play for the Country team.
The game however has roots going as far back as 1911 when the first annual clash between a City and Country Sydney football team took place. The City side has slightly superior overall record with a total of 14 titles since 1987 to Country’s 11 victories under the origin selection rules.
There has been two draws in that time as well with the squads drew 22 all in 2008 and 26 all in 2014. There was no City vs. Country NRL game played in 1998, 1999 or 2000.
The 2017 City vs Country origin match will be the final time the fixture takes place with more NRL games to be played in subsequent seasons around regional NSW.
City vs. Country Odds
Betting on the annual NRL City v Country representative game is always popular especially as the City squad traditionally consists of Blues-bound State Of Origin players.
Standard head-to-head NRL odds are available on the game as soon as the representative teams are announced, while all the exciting exotic footy bet types like First Try Scorer and Man of the Match markets are up before game night.
City vs. Country Winners