There are some fans against the clash and there are others that approve of it, but regardless of one’s opinion on it, it serves as a chance to test the next group of players at representative level and give them a chance to stake claims for future NSW Origin appearances.
Although still some time away, the venue has been announced for the 2014 AAMI City v Country Origin clash, with the game to be held at Apex Oval in Dubbo in May 2014.
In what becomes a weekly event for the NRL, rugby league in general and the community that hosts the game, with Terry Quinn, the Country Rugby League’s CEO recognising the achievements of rugby league in Dubbo, as they all look forward to the week to come.
â€œCountry Rugby League would like to recognise the efforts of Dubbo City Council and Group 11 Rugby League in their application to host the event and thank them for their hard work towards what will be a wonderful week Payday Loans,â€ Quinn said.
â€œWe are looking forward to working with the local teams in Dubbo and the surrounding region to ensure this game benefits Rugby League in the area, both financially and through registration numbers, for years to come.
â€œDubbo have been very supportive of trial and exhibition games in the past and we would like to expect nothing less than a sell-out.â€
As is the case with all clashes of this nature, there is a weeks’ worth of festivities in the lead-up to the clash with both sides to take part in promotional events, allowing country-based fans a chance to see some of their favourite players in action.
â€œThe CRL would also like to recognise the efforts made by the city of Wagga Wagga in terms of their bid and look forward to continuing talks with the city to bring the City vs. Country game to the region in the coming years,â€ Quinn said.
Tickets are set to go on sale for the clash in early 2014.