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National Rugby Championship

Ratunaisa Navuma of Fijian Drua. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The National Rugby Championship is Australia’s top-tier domestic rugby competition, featuring eight teams.

The Western Force are the current NRC champions, having defeated Canberra 41-3 in the final.

The NRC, which was unveiled in March, 2014, sets out to be Australian rugby’s version of compeitions like South Africa’s Currie Cup and New Zealand’s National Provincial Championship.

The competition is played over seven rounds, which each team playing each other once. The top four sides qualify for a single-elimination finals bracket consisting of two semi-finals and, ultimately, the final.

VIEW THE FULL NRC DRAW HERE

NRC teams are allocated Wallabies players who, should they not be selected, are eligible to suit up during the season.

NRC teams

Eastern Conference

Team Licencees/Associated clubs Titles
Brisbane City QRU, Reds 2014, 2015
Canberra Vikings ACT/SNSW RU, Brumbies, Tuggeranong Vikings
Fijian Drua Fiji Rugby Union 2018
Melbourne Rising VRU, Rebels
NSW Country NSW Country RU, Waratahs
Queensland Country QRU, Reds 2017
Sydney NSWRU, Waratahs
Western Force RugbyWA 2016, 2019

A full list of NRC squads can be seen here.

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