City New South Wales rugby league team

Team information
Governing body New South Wales Rugby League
Head coach Brad Fittler
Captain Paul Gallen
Most caps 12 - Sidney Pearce Junior
Top try-scorer 11 - Brian Carlson
Top point-scorer 91 - Michael Cronin
Team results
First game
City colours.svg City 29–8 Country Country colours.svg
(10 June 1911)
First City vs Country Origin
City colours.svg City Origin 30–22 Country Origin Country colours.svg
(May 16th 1987)
Biggest win
City colours.svg City 55–2 Country Country colours.svg (May 17th 1980)
Biggest defeat
Country colours.svg Country Origin 42–10 City Origin City colours.svg (Jun 8th 2001)

The Sydney Rugby League team, known as the City Rugby League team, or Combined Sydney, or Sydney Firsts, or Sydney Capitals, is a representative rugby league team. From 2021, the men's team is to consist of players selected from the New South Wales Rugby League Ron Massey Cup competition to play against a combined team selected from Country, New South Wales competitions. The women's team is selected on a region of origin basis from the NSWRL Women's Premiership.

The reorganisation in 2021 means the Sydney / City team is selected from a third-tier competition, as the Ron Massey Cup sits below the first-tier National Rugby League and the second-tier New South Wales Cup. Previously, the Sydney / City team was selected from the first-tier competition. The first match by a Sydney Metropolitan team was held in 1909 against New Zealand. The first match against a Country repsresentative team was held in 1911. Matches by Sydney against international touring teams continued until the 1970s. Annual matches by City against Country were played in most years until 1993. A City vs Country Origin match was introduced in 1987 and this ran until 2017, with a three season hiatus in the years 1998 to 2000.


The New South Wales City team first competed against New South Wales Country on 10 June 1911 which City won 29-8. The first time the match was made an annual event began in 1928 with NSW Country defeating City 35-34. The first City V Country origin match occurred on May 16, 1987 with City running out winners 30-22.

In 2016, it was announced by the NRL that the City V Country fixture was to be scrapped beyond the 2017 season. The reasons behind the decision were to clubs pulling their players out of the match and others cited player drain as a reason for the fixture to be culled. There was also a sentiment that the fixture had gone from being a genuine audition match for a potential New South Wales origin jersey to being a regular game as most of the New South Wales side had already been picked prior to the match starting.[1]

On May 14, 2017, the final City v Country fixture was played with NSW City defeating Country 20-8.[2][3]

Overall, New South Wales City were much more successful than New South Wales Country winning a total of 68 games in the annual fixture as opposed to Country's 22 wins with City winning each year from 1976 to 1991.


Any players whose junior football was played for a club within the greater area of Sydney city is deemed eligible to play for the City RL. Meanwhile, anyone from outside the Sydney area can be considered for selection for Country RL Team.

Men's City v Country Match

2021 Squad

The following players were selected from the Ron Massey Cup to play in the City Men's team on 16 May, 2021 at Collegians Sporting Complex, Wollongong.[4]

Match Details

Women's City vs Country Match

City v Country Women's matches were occasionally played prior to the re-introduction of a stand-alone match in 2017. In 2018 and 2019 the games were played within the National Championships. The 2020 National Championships were cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia. In 2021 the National Championships were reorganised, and an open age City v Country Women's Origin was scheduled separately from the National Championships.

2021 Squad

The following players were selected in the City Origin Women's team to play on 15 May, 2021 at Bankwest Stadium.[4]

Match Details

2017 final City vs Country Origin Match


City NSW rugby league team
2017 squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Match Details

See also


  1. ^ "NRL 2015: How will the City v Country fixture be remembered?". Fox Sports.
  2. ^ "City v Country Origin: Full-strength line-ups if it were a genuine NSW Origin trial". Fox Sports.
  3. ^ "NRL scraps City v Country fixture, last edition to be played in Mudgee in 2017".
  4. ^ a b "Team List Tuesday - Country v City". NSWRL. 11 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  5. ^ "City men turn it on against Country". NSWRL. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  6. ^ Newton, Alicia (15 May 2021). "Studdon puts hand up for Origin recall as City beat Country". NRL. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  7. ^ [1]

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