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Encyclopedia > City vs Country Origin

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. Rugby league is a team sport played by two teams of 17 players, with 13 on the field at any one time and 4 on the bench (reserves). ... Emblems: Floral - Waratah (Telopea speciosissima); Bird - Kookaburra (Dacelo gigas); Animal - Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus); Fish - Blue Groper (Achoerodus viridis) Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Slogan or Nickname: First State, Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Const. ... The Rugby League State of Origin is an annual series of three interstate rugby league matches between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. ... The New South Wales Rugby League team represent New South Wales annually in the Rugby League State of Origin competition. ...


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. 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ...


The large majority of the players who now represent both the City and Country sides come from the National Rugby League competition in Australia. The National Rugby League (NRL) is the premier rugby league competition in Australia and New Zealand. ...

Contents

Teams


City Origin Team

Country Origin Team

History

Country V City (Sydney) 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 1900's `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 took League till 1911 before it held its first recorded City V Country clash, there is some indication that a match may have been played in 1910, however most likely due to the code still in its infancy it was not of a high enough standard to be published in the media of the time.


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, let alone seen the code till closer to 1928.

Matt King in action for Country, 2004
Matt King in action for Country, 2004

Newcastle was the first 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, with the Illawarra region soon to follow in 1910, but further out of Sydney it took longer for the code to start to make an impact. Matt King Matthew King (born August 22, 1980 in Casino, NSW), also known as Matt King, is an Australian Rugby League player for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League competition and also for New South Wales. ...


By the time the match was made a permanent fixture, interest in the concept was high enough to make it sustanable, the only problem for the clash was it saw a large number of the best players from Country Rugby League snapped up by the richer Sydney clubs, draining the regional representative sides, and as a result assisting City to dominate the concept.


It wasn't till 1987 that the issue was addressed of “player drain” especially with the recent inclusions of Canberra, Illawarra and Newcastle in the NSWRL competition. The Origin rule, which was also used to revive the State of Origin concept, proved to be quite valuable in giving Country the basis it has needed to be a lot more competitive outfit. However it wasn't until 1992 that the men in Maroon and Gold recorded their first victory in the new style competition.


Country then won three out of the five years after their first Origin victory before the City vs Country concept was cut 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 value in the match in terms of media exposure, television ratings as well as the merit it taking games to the bush.


City vs Country results

Overall summary

Team Played Wins Losses Draw
City 81 63 17 1
Country 81 17 63 1

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.

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
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

City vs Country not held between 1998 & 2000

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

See also

The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in Australia. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ... The Rugby League State of Origin is an annual series of three interstate rugby league matches between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. ...

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Competitions
National Rugby League | State of Origin | Pacific Cup | Pacific Rim Championship Rugby league is a team sport played by two teams of 17 players, with 13 on the field at any one time and 4 on the bench (reserves). ... For the fictional superstate in George Orwells novel, see Oceania (Nineteen Eighty-Four). ... The National Rugby League (NRL) is the premier rugby league competition in Australia and New Zealand. ... The Rugby League State of Origin is an annual series of three interstate rugby league matches between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. ... The Pacific Cup is a rugby league competition for international teams from the pacific region. ... The Pacific Rim Championship is a rugby league competition, sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation and organized by both the New Zealand Rugby League and Pacific Island Rugby League Association (PIRLA). ...

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National competitions
National Rugby League | State of Origin The National Rugby League (NRL) is the premier rugby league competition in Australia and New Zealand. ... The Rugby League State of Origin is an annual series of three interstate rugby league matches between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues. ...

NSWRL competitions
Jersy Flegg | Premier League | Jim Beam Cup The NSWRL Premier League is a second-teir Rugby League competition played in New South Wales, administered by the NSWRL and run concurrently with the NRL. The competition, which in 2006 will be made up of 13 NSW-based clubs, includes both reserve teams of NRL clubs and stand-alone... The Jim Beam Cup is a semi-professional development level rugby league competition in New South Wales (NSW), Australia run jointly by the NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) and the NSW Country Rugby League (CRL). ...

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QRL competitions
Queensland Cup | FOGS Cup & FOGS Colts Challenge | Brisbane Rugby League premiership | Bulimba Cup | Foley Shield | Winfield State League | South East Division | Southern Division | Wide Bay Division | Northern Division | Central Division | South West Division The Queensland Cup is a rugby league competition in Queensland, Australia. ... The FOGS Cup is an 11 team competition that is the level below the the Queensland Wizard Cup. ... The Brisbane Rugby League premiership was a rugby league competition held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 1909 to 1997. ... The Bulimba Cup was a representative rugby league competition held between Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba. ... The Foley Shield is a rugby league competition in North Queensland administered by the Queensland Rugby League. ... The Winfield State League was a rugby league competition in Queensland, Australia. ... South East Divison The South East Division of the QRL is responsible for the running of rugby league in South-East Queensland. ... The logo of the Southern Division of the Queensland Rugby League The Southern Division of the Queensland Rugby League is responsible for administering the game of Rugby League across the Gold Coast and Ipswich. ... The logo of the Wide Bay Division of the Queensland Rugby League. ... The logo of the Northern Division of the Queensland Rugby League The Northern Division of the Queensland Rugby League is responsible for administering the game of Rugby League in North Queensland, specifically in the area from Sarina in the south to Cape York in the north and west to Mount... The logo of the Central Division of the Queensland Rugby League. ... The logo of the South-West Division of the Queensland Rugby League. ...

VRL competitions
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