The Bulldogs mightn’t be showing up, but apparently there are still some people who want to play in City vs Country.
Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has revealed that he’s been approached to come out of representative retirement by City coach Brad Fittler, and will take his place in the final clash next weekend.
Speaking on Channel 9, Gallen refused to rule out a Blues return in the event he were to be asked by Laurie Daley – news that will make you punch the air in either celebration or rage, depending on where you sit on the losingest captain in New South Wales history (Queenslanders, for example, would no doubt be thrilled to see him return, as he’s somewhat talismanic for the Maroons).
Nonetheless, in light of the Bulldogs’ arrogant decision not to let their players participate in the final City Country fixture, it’s a credit to Gallen that he wishes to give back to the community – but we hope that’s where his rep career ends.
Gallen’s representative career includes 32 Tests for Australia, 24 Origins for New South Wales, and 1 match for City.