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Selectors have named their teams to take part in the annual City v Country Origin clash to be played at Lismore on May 6.
The St George Illawarra Dragons have dominated the Country side with six players being selected.
Mark Gasnier's inclusion in the City side sees seven Dragons' players gaining selection for next Friday night's match.
Penrith's Craig Gower has been named captain of the City side while Newcastle hooker Danny Buderus has been named captain of the Country side.
COUNTRY ORIGIN Ben Hornby (St George Illawarra) Amos Roberts (Sydney Roosters) Matt King (Melbourne) Matt Cooper (St George Illawarra) Timana Tahu (Parramatta) Scott Hill (Melbourne) Trent Barrett (St George Illawarra) Glenn Morrison (Parramatta) Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs) Steve Simpson (Newcastle) Luke Bailey (St George Illawarra) Danny Buderus (capt, Newcastle) Jason Ryles (St George Illawarra). Interchange: Ben Creagh (St George Illawarra) Brent Kite (Manly) Anthony Tupou (Sydney Roosters) Preston Campbell (Penrith)
CITY ORIGIN Brett Hodgson (Wests Tigers) Luke Lewis (Penrith) Mark Gasnier (St George Illawarra)* Ryan Cross (Sydney Roosters) Eric Grothe (Parramatta) Braith Anasta (Bulldogs) Matt Orford (Melbourne)* Joel Clinton (Penrith) Craig Gower (capt, Penrith) Jason Stevens (Cronulla) Anthony Watmough (Manly) Luke O'Donnell (North Queensland) Steve Menzies (Manly) Interchange: Reni Maitua (Bulldogs) John Skandalis (Wests Tigers) Mark Riddell (Parramatta) Jason King (Manly)
* UPDATE Gasnier and Orford ruled out. Replaced by El Masri and Sherwin. Full report in Leagueunlimited.com news 02/05/05.