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City-Country rule change unlikely: NSWRL

31/03/2005 08:09:54 PM Comments (0)

The NSW Rugby League has effectively ruled out relaxing its selection policy to allow Test players to turn out in the City-Country Origin game.

A day after Blues coach Ricky Stuart called on officials to soften their stance, NSWRL general manager Geoff Carr said it was unlikely the existing guidelines would be changed.

As it stands, players who appear in the Anzac Test against New Zealand on April 22 will not be considered for the City-Country game 14 days later.

"It's great that Ricky has got passion for City-Country because I think that's important," Carr said.

"The other side of that is we're really mindful of playing our players at the elite level too much.

"It's important our game gives elite players a break."

Stuart's call received mixed reviews from club officials on Thursday.

Sydney Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said the Bondi Junction club was a supporter of its players appearing in representative football while Cronulla general manager Steve Rogers said players should be available for all games.

"He's (Stuart) obviously a supporter of rep football, the club is a supporter of rep football and we are conditioned to having a number of rep players participating in these games - it is no great issue for us," Canavan said.

"We would like the season shortened and the NRL is working as best they can toward that."

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