Winner should take all: Smith

Country coach Brian Smith says the winner of tonight's City-Country match must provide the bulk of the NSW side for game one of this year's State of Origin rugby league series.

With NSW's best available talent to be in action at Gosford's Express Advocate Stadium, the City-Country clash is being billed as a genuine Origin selection trial.

Smith says he hopes the winning side will be rewarded with the bulk of places in the NSW team for the Origin series opener.