City v Country has rolled back into Tamworth this week as the City Country Wheelchair Rugby League Festival carries on the legacy the NRL has left behind.
Wheelchair rugby league is a sport that allows people with illnesses, injuries and disabilities, to play rugby league in a modified version of the game, although the beauty of the game is its inclusiveness, with able bodied people welcome to play in the same competition.
On Friday students from Farrer, Peel High and Tamworth High, as well as some local disability organisations all got a first hand look at how the game works with clinics running at the Sports Dome all day.
The game is played as closely as possible to rugby league, with players wearing Oztag like tags on their arms to represent tackles, while kicks are made by punching the ball and there is no shortage of contact.
Chairman of NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Edie George said the key to the sport is that inclusiveness, as the organisation looks to “really expand the sport through events like this.”
The Showpiece of the festival is undoubtedly the City v Country clash on Sunday, kicking off at 12.30pm.
Country have won the last two years in a row, and with the home ground advantage are favourites to make it three on the roll.
Entry is free for the public.