2017 City vs Country

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  1. rhugh89

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    Final Country v City match celebration


    Mon 21 Nov, 2016, 9:45am
    Media Release, NRL



    Some of the greatest players ever to represent Australia will be honoured during the final Country v City match next year.

    Country Rugby League (CRL) and NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) today announced that Mudgee will host the match on Sunday 7 May at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium.

    CRL CEO Terry Quinn said he was determined that the historic match, which has been staged on and off since 1911, would go out on a high.

    "Country NSW has produced some of the finest players to wear the green and gold and we will pay tribute to them during this final match," Mr Quinn said.

    "Players like Mick Cronin, Blocker Roach, Boyd Cordner, Tyson Frizell and so many others learnt their craft in country areas and went on to become greats in our game."

    NSWRL CEO Dave Trodden echoed the sentiments of the CRL, saying that NSW city players had enjoyed playing in matches against the country teams.

    "The Country v City clash is one of the most exciting days on the rugby league calendar for the host country town," Mr Trodden said.

    "This match will be a great opportunity for fans in the country to see some of the state's best players in action as we say farewell to this special event."

    NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said the final Country v City match would usher in a new era of rugby league for country regions.

    "While it is disappointing that we cannot fit this game into the schedule post 2017, we are determined to take more rugby league to regional New South Wales and other communities throughout the country," Mr Canavan said.

    "We want to encourage all our club sides to showcase their stars to country fans during the Telstra Premiership.

    "In the draw we will be releasing shortly, there will be a host of games played throughout the country – and that is a trend which will continue."

    Mid-Western Region Mayor Des Kennedy said the announcement was an exciting opportunity for the region.

    "Rugby league has a major following in many regional towns and we are extremely proud to welcome New South Wales country and city players back to Mudgee's world-class sporting facility for a second time, after hosting the match back in 2012," Mayor Kennedy said.

    "I have no doubt locals and visitors will get behind the game and show their support for what is sure to be a memorable event."

    Tickets for the Country v City match will go on sale in February 2017 at www.nrl.com/tickets with fans encouraged to secure their seats early.


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    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Be interested to hear some thoughts on city vs country being scrapped after 2017, Right move or no ??
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I think as the years go on more people are starting to become less interested in it for their own different reasons. For instance I've heard some people aren't too fond of it anymore just because they think it's purely an origin audition game. Low crowd numbers, unwarranted player selections those type of things as well. I don't mind the game but at the end of the day it wouldn't faze me if it was completely dusted.
     
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    ryan.berger.56 Steve Simpson

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    I like city country, it's tradition. I feel like the NRL is changing into something it's not and this is another example. The actual game being scrapped won't affect much, just takes a bit part of our history away and that's what's disappointing
     
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    Tickets on sale for final Country v City


    Mon 20 Feb, 2017, 10:15am
    Media Release, NRL


    Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Country v City match, to be played in Mudgee on Sunday 7 May at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium.

    The previous two Country v City matches have produced capacity crowds, with a packed stadium in Mudgee expected to turn out to celebrate and pay tribute to the final Country v City match.

    NRL Club Members can purchase tickets from today (Monday, February 20) for as little as $18 for an adult pass and $42 for a family pass.

    All other NRL fans can purchase tickets from tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 21)) at 10:00am for as little as $20 for an adult pass and $45 for a family pass.

    Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn said the fixture will always hold a special place in the hearts of regional rugby league fans and encouraged league lovers from throughout the Western region to secure their tickets early.

    "Mudgee boasts one of the best sporting facilities in regional New South Wales and the town has a proud tradition of showing their support for major events in the region," Mr Quinn said.

    "We're really looking forward to getting the Country team out amongst the community and celebrating the rich history of this game.

    "Our players have always been proud to pull on the Country jersey and for those who are selected in the team to pull on the jersey for the final time, I'm sure it will be a special occasion."

    New South Wales Rugby League CEO Dave Trodden expected another huge crowd for the match, as many prepared to acknowledge the enormous contribution the fixture has carried over many years.

    "The Country v City match has sold out on both occasions in the past two years and I hope the trend continues for this final match in the wonderful town of Mudgee," Mr Trodden said.

    "It is a great opportunity for fans in the country to see some of the state's best players in action as we farewell this special event."

    NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said that despite the upcoming Country v City match being the last of its kind, regional towns can expect more rugby league than ever before.

    "We are committed to working with our NRL Clubs to bring more rugby league to regional New South Wales and other parts of the country into the future," Mr Canavan said.

    "Already we have trial games and Telstra Premiership matches in regional parts of the country and outside the east coast capital cities and from 2018 onwards, I expect the number of opportunities for teams to visit regional New South Wales and elsewhere to rise.

    "Our regional fan-base is very important to the NRL and our Clubs and many of the game's best players come from regional backgrounds."

    A limited number of grandstand seats are available for the match and fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early, with a range of seating categories and tickets available at nrl.com/tickets


    http://www.nrl.com/tickets-on-sale-for-final-country-v-city/tabid/10874/newsid/103921/default.aspx

     

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