The NRC kicks off today with the first game of the Fijian Drua in this competition!
Here's some info:
This weekend's draw:
Sat 2 Sep – Brisbane – kick-off 5.00pm NZT (3.00pm local)
Brisbane City v Fijian Drua
LIVE on the Rugby Channel
Sat 2 Sep – Wanniassa ACT - kick-off 5.00pm NZT (3.00pm local)
Canberra Vikings v Queensland Country
Sun 3 Sep – Sydney – kick-off 5.00pm NZT (3.00pm local)
Greater Sydney Rams v NSW Country Eagles
LIVE on the Rugby Channel
Sun 3 Sep – Perth – kick-off 7.00pm NZT (3.00pm local)
Perth Spirit v Melbourne Rising
Bye - Sydney Rays
There is a replay of an NRC game on the Rugby Channel on Wednesday at 4pm, but there’s no info about which game that is.
This is a bit of a stain on the debut game of the Fijian Drua team in the NRC.
The Fijian Drua hooker accused of biting Brisbane City skipper Andrew Ready on Saturday has been handed a 20 week ban. Samu Suguturaga faced the NRC judiciary at Ballymore last night, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of biting. Ready complained to referee Damon Murphy after a first half scrum that he had been bitten but there was no action taken on field. He was later charged and judicial officer Paul Tully found that the conduct was on the high end of the scale, providing an entry point of 24 weeks. Tully citied "mitigating circumstances" for the reduction to 20 weeks.
I hear there weren't many at Eastwood to watch the Rams either.
They're rebranded to "Greater Sydney Rams" from last year's "Western Sydney Rams" as Eastwood Rugby stumped up the cash to buy the licence from the original consortium.
Eastwood are flush, having just sold their home ground (its in a prime spot for development) in preparation for moving. They fucking should too as the condition of the place is awful. Going there Saturday to watch Subbies Division 1 (Presidential Privilege) and at least the beer will be cold.
Anyway, the two Western Sydney clubs didn't have high quality players to provide, and they've basically been snubbed at this point. For all the talk Brett Papworth put out about NRC being a waste of time, they're now in the tent, and pissing out a little.
For whoever is interested. This competition started last weekend.
I don't have the time to also follow this competition, but I thought it was interesting to spot the Kiwis, who play in this comp. This list won't be complete, as there will be Kiwi players (or NZ born players) I don't know.
Dillon Wihongi - played for St Kent's, North Harbour, Blues U20 and NZ Schools (2013)
NZ born Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt also play for this team
Wharenui Hawera - Brumbies, also played for Waikato and Southland
Chance Peni - Brumbies, NZ born player who played for the Junior Kiwis in his league days
Leon Power - Sydney born, but attended Francis Douglas, played for Taranaki and Bay of Plenty
Henry Stowers - Samoa U20 (2014), NZ U20 (2015), Wellington U19, Wellington Lions and Bay of Plenty
Jeremy Thrush - needs no introduction
Michael Ruru - Melbourne Rebels, former Shield Snorters halfback, who also played for Western Force before it was culled from SR
Anaru Rangi - Melbourne rebels, Wellington born
Fred Burke - Crusaders Academy (2013), Canterbury ‘B’ (2012), Crusaders U21s (2010), Crusaders U20s (2009), Crusaders U19s (2008), Burnside RFC
Curtis Rona - Waitara born former league player (incl NZ Māori XIII in 2016): Wallabies, Waratahs, Force
JP Sauni - Waratahs, 2017 NZ U20
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