NRC: Wallabies return for Sydney-Country clash

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by Beth Newman

A quartet of Wallabies will return to the NRC for a Sydney-Country derby at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday night.

NSW Country will have Ned Hanigan, Tolu Latu and Tom Robertson in their side for the mid-week clash, with the trio released by the Wallabies.

Tighthead Sekope Kepu was also in the mix for a Country outing but his inclusion will depend on the looming arrival of his fourth child.

Lock Rob Simmons will have another chance to play for the Rays after a false start almost two weeks ago when he was named to play but called up to the Wallabies squad in Brisbane at the last minute.

It's a match Country flanker and Berry product Will Miller rates as one of the most important of the year outside of Super Rugby.

"I think it's one of the biggest games of the year," he said.

"Outside of finals, it's a rivalry and something big that's a huge opportunity to give it to the City boys so all the Country boys should be excited."

Rays centre Curtis Rona said there had been plenty of barbs between the Waratahs contingent ahead of the game

"It's going to be a massive occasion for us because all the boys are really pumped because we're versing each other," he said.

"We've trained with each other all year and there's a bit of banter going on in the gym in the weights room, so we're looking forward to it.

There's not many texts (going around), there's just a lot of shouting. It's good - gets us motivated to play each other and test our skills."

The Rays host NSW Country on Wednesday night, kicking off at 7:30pm AEST at Leichhardt Oval, LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


IN: Matthew Sandell, Rob Simmons, Hugh Sinclair, Rob Buaserau

OUT: Kiernan Rabie, Jack Dempsey, Pat Sio, James Kane

Sydney Rays to take on NSW Country 

1. Matthew Sandell

2. Damien Fitzpatrick

3. Cam Betham

4. Rob Simmons

5. Ryan McCauley

6. Lachie Swinton

7. Jack Hayson

8. Hugh Sinclair

9. Mitch Short

10. Will Harrison

11. Latu Latunipulu

12. Harry Burey

13. Curtis Rona

14. Rob Buaserau

15. Tyson Davis


16. Rory O’Connor

17. JP Sauni

18. Shambeckler Vui

19. Connor Vest

20. Nick Palmer

21. Nick Duffy

22. Enoka Muliufi

23. Tim Clements

NSW Country to take on Sydney Rays

IN: Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson, Ned Hanigan, Sam Thomson, Will McDonnell, Chris Talakai, Matt Gibbon, Seb Wileman

OUT: Tom Staniforth, Jed Holloway, Patrick Tafa, Cody Walker, Robert Lagudi, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Tom Horton, Harry Potter

1. Paddy Ryan

2. Tolu Latu

3. Tom Robertson

4. Sam Thomson

5. Emmanuel Meafou

6. Ned Hanigan

7. Will Miller

8. Sam Figg

9. Jake Gordon

10. Mack Mason

11. Alex Gibbon

12. Will McDonnell

13. Apolosi Latunipulu

14. Jaline Graham

15. Alex Newsome


16. Mahe Vailanu

17. Matt Gibbon

18. Chris Talakai

19. Sam Ward

20. Nicholas Champion De Crespigny

21. Mick Snowden

22. Rohan Saifoloi

23. Seb Wileman