We will host City-Country: Wagga mayor


Wagga have hit back at claims their Equex Centre stadium will not be ready for the 2015 Country-City rugby league fixture, while also firing a shot a Dubbo City Council in the process.

The Daily Liberal reported on the story earlier this week after there were claims Wagga’s Equex Centre would not be ready for the representative match, scheduled to be played next May.

But The Daily Advertiser reported yesterday there would be no chance of the match not going ahead in the Riverina.

“They can wish for what they want, but Equex will be ready,” Wagga mayor Rod Kendall was quoted as saying in the article.

“My expectation is Equex will be ready before the Brumbies match in January, so Equex will certainly be ready by the City-Country match.”

Dubbo counterpart Mathew Dickerson had been in touch with NRL head of football Todd Greenberg on Monday to make him aware Dubbo’s Caltex Park would be a willing replacement host but Wagga Rugby League chairman Steve Kimball was certain the venue would not change.

“We have absolutely zero doubt about the job being complete for the City-Country game,” he said.

“If we didn’t start the job until February, we still would have the job finished.

“Any hold-ups we are having with council is not affecting the City-Country game, which is the main goal, but council has allowed the professional bull riders to come in at the start of November, and that’s the timeline that is going to be a struggle to meet, not the other one.”

After a slight delay, work on the ground began on Monday, the day after the local Group 9 grand final, and plans remain to have the major structural work for the requirements at the Equex Centre completed by November 1.

Kimball also spoke to Country Rugby League officials on Wednesday, where it was re-confirmed the City-Country fixture was “100 per cent coming to Wagga”.

Mayor Kendall also fired a parting shot at Dubbo, believing Dubbo City Council have bigger things to worry about than the Country-City match.

Dubbo and Wagga are linked through the Evocities program and Kendall suggested Dubbo City Council should be more concerned about building the mountain bike track require for an Evocities event, than the redevelopments of Equex.

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