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Spirit win NRC Grand Final cliffhanger

Saturday October 22, 2016 by  

The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship has crowned a new champion as Perth Spirit ran out 20-16 winners over NSW Country Eagles in an enthralling contest at a chilly Scully Park in Tamworth on Saturday night.

Fuelled by a stirring defensive effort, the West Australians secured their first title in front of an enthusiastic country crowd which was hoping to see the minor premiers come away with the spoils.

Both sides got away to a strong start but it was Perth Spirit, playing in their second NRC Grand Final in three years, who looked set to claim first points when Richard Hardwick barged over in the 13th minute, only to be denied in a desperate tackle by Eagles winger Reece Robinson to prevent the backrower from grounding the ball. Read more

Spirit secure Grand Final berth

Sunday October 16, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have booked their place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Grand Final with a 42-24 win over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in Sydney this afternoon.

The Rays started strongly shooting out to a 16-0 lead within the first 10-minutes but from there it was all the Spirit as the men in black and gold scored 20 unanswered points to lead by four at the break.

Three second half tries wrapped up the result for the Spirit and secured a date with the NSW Country Eagles in Tamworth for next weekend’s decider. Read more

Rising go down to Eagles in semi-final

Saturday October 15, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising’s 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship campaign has come to an end after going down to the NSW Country Eagles 50-24 in the semi-final in Newcastle on Saturday.

Doubles from Samuel Figg, Reece Robinson and Jake Gordon helped the Eagles to a seven-try-to-three victory in warm conditions to secure a home grand final in Tamworth next weekend.

Earlier, there was no sign of the slow start that plagued the Rising when the two sides last met in the third round, when freshly capped Wallaby Sefa Naivalu got the visitors off to a flyer in the first minute. Read more

Fiji to enter NRC in 2017

Friday October 14, 2016 by  

The Australian Rugby Union, Fiji Rugby Union and World Rugby have today announced that a Fiji-based team will enter Australia’s Buildcorp National Rugby Championship competition in 2017.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama joined ARU CEO Bill Pulver at ARU headquarters in Sydney today to deliver the historic news.

The Fiji team will comprise locally-based players from Fiji’s national second XV, ‘Fiji Warriors’ and will play all of its home matches in Fiji. Read more

Rising book semi-finals with bonus point

Sunday October 9, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rising have secured their spot in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship semi-finals despite going down to the Sydney Rays 38-32 at Frankston Oval on Sunday.

The Rising will contest finals for the third consecutive year when they take on minor premiers NSW Country Eagles in the semi-final after they secured a bonus point to finish outright fourth.

The Rays, who secured a home semi-final with their second place finish, were held scoreless in the second half but successfully fended off a gallant comeback from the Rising to claim a five-try to four victory. Read more

Spirit secure Finals berth in Canberra

Saturday October 8, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have secured a place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship finals series with a 42-36 win over the Vikings in Canberra this afternoon.

The Perth side started on the defensive absorbing pressure in the early stages before fighting back to head into the half time break down 22-16.

The second half was a different story with the Spirit’s forward pack dominating the Vikings all over the park and putting on a clinic at scrum time to help the visitors come from behind for the win. Read more

Australian Rugby announces new media rights arrangements

Thursday December 17, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced new and significantly improved media rights arrangements for 2016-2020 which will enable the code to re-energise the game at grassroots level and invest in key strategic areas to ensure its future health and prosperity.

The ARU will receive a total of AUD $285m in media rights revenue from the total package of SANZAAR agreements – a 148% increase on revenue achieved from the previous media rights arrangements (2011-15).

Fox Sports will continue its proud partnership with Rugby after retaining the Australian rights for Test matches played in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the expanded 18-team Asteron Life Super Rugby competition which will for the first time feature teams from Argentina and Japan in 2016. Read more

Brisbane City topple Vikings, retain Championship

Saturday October 31, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have gone to back-to-back in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) after defeating the Canberra Vikings 21-10 in the Grand Final at Ballymore on Saturday afternoon.

Played in front of 4,327 passionate supporters, Brisbane City posted three-tries to Canberra’s two to claim the first undefeated season in NRC history.

Man-of-the-match Nick Frisby and lock Cadeyrn Neville scored a try each in the first-half to give Brisbane City a 13-10 halftime lead, but it was a staunch second-half defensive display that secured the home-side the championship for a second-consecutive year. Read more

Brisbane City to host 2015 NRC Grand Final

Saturday October 24, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have overcome an 11-point half-time deficit to defeat the Sydney Stars 47-32 at Ballymore on Saturday Night in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) semi-final.

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The win will see the City side host their second consecutive NRC grand final at Ballymore, providing the side with the chance to defend their 2014 title. Brisbane City will face the Canberra Vikings next Saturday to determine this year’s winners.

A strong performance from the home forwards laid the platform for a courageous comeback victory in front of 2,432 vocal fans.

Two-tries apiece from Queensland Reds pair Liam Gill and Nick Frisby, helped push City ahead of the opposition in a thrilling semi-final. Read more

Melbourne Rising defeated in tight NRC Semi Final

Friday October 23, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising have fallen just short in their pursuit of a place in the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) Grand Final, going down 50-34 against the Canberra Vikings in Canberra.

The first half saw an incredible eight tries, with each side crossing four times as the hosts took a slender two point lead into the break.

Vikings Captain Jarrad Butler scored after just three minutes, the beneficiary of a rolling maul, and when Wallaby Christian Leali’ifano released centre Rodney Iona six minutes later the locals sensed a first half blowout. Read more