Next weekend’s City-Country Origin clash at Mudgee is one Canterbury gun Josh Jackson has been eyeing off since the NRL draw was released, there’s no surprises why either.
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An established Country, and NSW, Origin star, Jackson was born down the road from Mudgee in Gulgong and the fixture would’ve given him the chance to play in front of family and friends at his old club’s home ground in Glen Willow Sporting Complex.
It was the last chance he’d get to do so for Country, considering this year’s Origin clash is the last.
That chance was taken away by Bulldogs coach Des Hasler, the club informed the NRL none of its players would be available for selection because of it’s round 10 clash with North Queensland four days later.
“I really wanted to be a part of the game so it’s definitely disappointing,” Jackson said.
“It would be enormous to go home and play in front of family and friends.
“Pulling on that country jersey is a very proud moment for me.”
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