Injuries subdue City and Country

Five players have already been ruled out of Friday night's Annual City v Country match to be played in the NSW country town of Lismore.

For the boys from the bush, centre Matt Cooper (groin), winger Timana Tahu (back) and second rower Brent Kite (shoulder) were laid low with injuries from the weekend's action. The injured players have been replaced by Matt Gidley, Luke Covell and Paul Stringer respectively.

The city slickers lost gun players Matt Orford (hamstring) and centre Mark Gasnier (wrist). Brent Sherwin assumes the no. 7 jersey with Hazem El-Masri coming into the team on the wing, which see Luke Lewis move into the centres.