Some new faces in the City and Country squads named tonight. Canberra prop, Ryan O'Hara has impressed enough to be included in the country squad which has 13 different players from last year. Dragons player, Matt Cooper, pushed Cronulla Shark Phil Graham aside while Cowboy Glenn Morrison has edged out Raider Jason Croker. Country will be captained by Andrew Johns.
The city side have retained 9 of last years players. New additions include Joel Clinton (Penrith) and Solomon Haumono (Manly). Robbie Kearns retains the captaincy.
Anthony Minichiello, Hazem El Masri, Mark Gasnier, Michael De Vere, John Hopoate, Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin, Jason Stevens, Craig Wing, Robbie Kearns (c), Bryan Fletcher, Steve Menzies, Luke Ricketson. Interchange: Lance Thompson, Solomon Haumono, Joel Clinton, Craig Gower.
David Peachey, Timana Tahu, Jamie Lyon, Shaun Timmins, Matt Cooper, Trent Barrett, Andrew Johns (c), Jason Ryles, Danny Buderus, Ryan O'Hara, Ben Kennedy, Craig Fitzgibbon, Glenn Morrison. Interchange: Josh Perry, Willie Mason, Daniel Abraham, John Morris.