Super Rugby

National Rugby Championship – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many teams will Queensland have in the NRC?

A: Queensland Rugby Union will support two teams for the National Rugby Championship (NRC) – Brisbane City and Queensland Country.

Q: What is the NRC?
A: The NRC is a domestic Rugby competition, which will kick off in August this year.

It will involve nine teams – two from Queensland, four from New South Wales, and one each from the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Western Australia and will run for 11 weeks from late August to early November.

It is designed to give players another link in their development pathway towards Super Rugby and ultimately Wallaby selection.

Q: Who will play for the two Queensland teams?
A: The representative teams from Queensland will feature members from the current Reds squad, while also drawing from Queensland Premier Rugby and Country Rugby competitions.  You can see the squads here: Brisbane City & Queensland Country

Q: Where will the two teams be based for training and where will they play their games?
A: Both teams will train at Ballymore Stadium, the spiritual and administrative home of Queensland Rugby.

Brisbane City will play its home games at Ballymore Stadium.
Queensland Country will play matches at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast.

View the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship schedule.

Q: What colours will the two Queensland teams wear?
A: As both teams are existing representative brands in the Queensland Rugby pathway, their new NRC versions will sport the same colour scheme and similar logos.

Brisbane City will wear a yellow and blue uniform, with a crest featuring the traditional Brisbane City Hall logo inside the iconic Queensland Rugby ‘Q’ on the chest of the jersey. Queensland Country will wear blue and white, with the traditional Orchid logo inside the iconic ‘Q’.

Q: Why will the two Queensland teams be managed by QRU?
A: QRU has built a strategic framework around Brisbane City and Queensland Country to ensure the game continues to see the improved high performance results that will deliver the long-term outcomes for the Queensland Reds and representative pathway in Queensland.
These two teams are representative of the scale, volume and pathway of Queensland Rugby.

The NRC is designed to provide the appropriate level of competition to bridge the development pathway between club Rugby and Super Rugby.

This will be of great benefit to our players, coaches, match officials and broader stakeholder base. Queensland Rugby has continued to advance its talent and development pathway model in relation to the NRC.

Q: Who will coach the two Queensland teams?
A: Brisbane City will be coached by St.George Queensland Reds forwards coach Nick Stiles. Queensland Country will be coached by Reds Under-20s Head Coach Jason Gilmore. Both programs will be managed by Queensland Rugby’s General Manager, High Performance, Sam Cordingley.

A full list of coaching & support staff can be found here: Brisbane City & Queensland Country

Queensland Rugby is seeking applicants for team management positions for the 2015 Builcorp National Rugby Championship. View the application form.

View the QRU NRC Team Selection Policy - Player and Team Management

Q: When does the NRC start?
A: The inaugural season of the National Rugby Championship kicks off in August. Full details on game fixtures can be found here

Q: How can I purchase tickets to the games?
A: Tickets will be available to purchase mid-July. Stay tuned for more details