NRC springs into action


By NSW Rugby Media

In New South Wales, the traditional Sydney versus Country rivalry will be reborn with the famous blue and gold Sydney representative jersey coming out of retirement to be worn for the first time by the Sydney NRC team.

To celebrate their return, Sydney will play home matches at Easts Rugby Club in Woollahra, as well as Leichhardt Oval and Concord Oval in Sydney’s inner west.

Intrastate rivals, NSW Country Eagles will once again spread their matches across the region to Mudgee, Armidale, Tamworth, and Camden in Sydney’s far west.
Queensland Country will be out to defend their NRC title and will kick off their 2018 campaign in a Grand Final replay against the Canberra Vikings on Saturday 1 September, after the Fiji Drua host Melbourne Rising in the official season-opener in Nausori, Fiji.
With more matches to be played at suburban club and regional grounds than ever before in 2018, the NRC is growing its connection with community clubs and spreading further across the country.

Queensland Country will host matches on the Gold Coast, in Townsville and in Mackay, while their main rivals Brisbane City will take matches to Wests Rugby Club in Toowong and Easts Rugby Club at Coorparoo, after hosting their round one clash at Norths Rugby Club this weekend.

Across the Nullarbor, Western Force enter the competition in 2018 coming off a successful World Series Rugby campaign, ready to make their mark on the NRC replacing Perth Spirit.

In Melbourne, the Rising will also spread their matches around in the 2018 season with home games set for Geelong and Adelaide, giving South Australians a sample of the action.

FOX SPORTS will once again provide coverage of every game of the NRC with no ad-breaks during play. Two matches per week will be broadcast LIVE on TV, with the remaining two games available to stream LIVE via and the FOX SPORTS App.

For details of all the fixtures, go to






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