Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook helped launch the City Country Origin 2017 clash today at NRL Headquarters in Moore Park.
With a likely call up on the cards, Cook spoke about his investment in the match and its history.
As a country boy himself, Cook is heavily invested in the City Country Origin match and is excited with the possibility to play in what could be the final match.
“I always wanted to play for country and it’s a jersey I've always wanted to get,” explained Cook.
“Growing up I was lucky enough to play Harold Matts and SG Ball which made you ineligible to play for the country sides.
"I’m very grateful to get to play in the last game.”
Cook’s form this year has been tremendous and his efforts have not gone unnoticed, with some rugby league commenters hinting that Cook could be a bolter for a NSW Origin spot.
“In the past few years it hasn’t been that possible but for some of us that have gotten a chance to play our first representative game it’s a good chance to show if we play well we can do that in the environment," said Cook.
"It’s very similar, you know, getting into camp and not knowing many of the players and being able to work together is an important key.”
Cook discusses the potential for more NRL games being taken out to the Country for the supporters who live and breathe rugby league.
“I think it will work out really well as you can see all with the City Country games; it’s always a big crowd there," said Cook.
"With this game not in the schedule next year it’d be a good idea to take a few more NRL games out to the country region.
"I know they love their rugby league out there and it means a lot to them.”
The City vs Country Origin game will be played on Sunday 7th May 2017 at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium, Mudgee.