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Everything you need to know: Queensland Under 17 City v Country

Two cracking games are expected at Totally Workwear Stadium on Saturday as the Queensland Under 17 City and Country teams battle it out for glory.

As part of the QRL’s talent identification program and representative pathway, the selected boys and girls - all eligible to play for Queensland - have been in camp this week learning about what it takes to succeed in a high-performance environment, on and off the field.

Rob Tanielu has been guiding the City boys, Duane Carpenter the Country boys; and Ana Fotu the City girls and Jo Kerr the Country girls.

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons coach Tahnee Norris and former players Meg Ward, Veronica White, Annette Brander, Darius Boyd, Matt Gillett, Matt Ballin and Andrew McCullough all shared their rugby league knowledge and insight into their State of Origin experiences with the group.

Players involved in the Cyril Connell Cup and Harvey Norman Under 19 grand finals - both being played at Totally Workwear Stadium on Saturday as well - were not available for City or Country team selection.

Both Country teams won last year; the girls won 24-20 and the boys won 13-12.

Queensland Under 17 City v County: Two big clashes to come

Everything you need to know

Where and when

The two games will be played at Totally Workwear Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, April 13, before the Harvey Norman Under 19 and Cyril Connell Cup grand finals.

Where to watch

For those who cannot make it to the venue, both games will be available live and free at

For the girls game, click here.

For the boys game, click here.

The four teams

The Queensland Under 17 City girls team, coached by Ana Fotu, is being captained by Shalom Sauaso. 

"The biggest thing that you want is that they’re having fun, enjoying it and having pride in representing the jersey," Fotu said.

"On paper we have a team that can get the job done... but it depends who turns up on the day and that’s always the case. If they come with the right attitude, I’m confident, but that’s up to them.” 

The Queensland Under 17 Country girls team, coached by Jo Kerr, is being captained by Pypah Ferguson.

“There’s a really good attitude with the girls... I know they will all play for each other," Kerr said.

“Obviously winning is great but for these girls, it’s just a step in the right direction on their pathway. It’s a massive thing to make these teams, to be selected in that final 18. Go Country.”   

The Queensland Under 17 City boys team, coached by Rob Tanielu, is being captained by Jared Horne.

“(Country coach Duane Carpenter) will say his side is strongest across the park, but I think all of the kids here on both sides are here for a reason... they’ve got some talents, so I think it’s a matter of who can come together the quickest will get the best result on Saturday," Tanielu said.

"Go City."

The Queensland Under 17 Country boys team, coached by Duane Carpenter, is being captained by Braithen Scott and Xzavier Timoteo.

“From one to 18, I think we’re strong across the board," Carpenter said.

"We have a really well-rounded side and I think if we can get them to come together, they will do great things on Saturday. We haven’t lost one for a while so we’re not keen to change that this year.”


Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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