New thread for the inaugural season of this new competition! Mods: I believe there should be a thread for this season's upcoming comp in the main Rugby Discussion forum - IMO. Just my view, but since this competition does not overlap Super Rugby, it would be appropriate to place here because it will be a main topic of discussion when the SR is over, and it is a higher level of competition than Club Rugby. I don't read the Club Rugby forum on here, and suspect likewise for many others visiting GAGR.However, please feel free to move/merge this thread if deemed appropriate. I don't even agree with Melbourne and Perth fielding full-strength Super First XVs in this NRC comp. Maybe a limit of 18 pr so but this new 3rd-tier is supposed to bridge the gap between Club and Super rugby, and develop the good emerging players by mixing them with-and-against good existing super players. With 5 Super squads and (it looks like) a proposed 10 team NRC, each 3rd-tier side should be roughly half-strength Super First XVs, with bench/squad/club players stepping up to fill the breach. On the supply side, roughly guesstimating for the first year, Brumbies/Reds/Tahs would have 6-10 players each taken out out of the mix (in the Wallabies and/or Team Rehab), and the Rebels/Force maybe 3-5. Rebels: the Melbourne NRC side would get 18 players from the Rebels (some -not all- with Shute Shield links will go north) with the rest made up of local Academy/Melbourne club players. Force: - similar to the above - the Perth NRC side would get 18 players from the Force (others going on an east-coast rugby vacation) with the rest of the squad made up of local Academy/Perth club players. Brumbies: the Canberra NRC side would get 18 players from the Brumbies (selected others allocated to other teams) and the rest of the squad made up of local Academy/John_I_Dent club players. Reds: - Qld will be fairly self-contained - the Brisbane/Gold Coast sides would get around 10-12 players each from the Reds (roughly even split) and most of the rest from Reds College/Qld Clubs. Waratahs: - will be scattered to the winds - the 4 x Sydney sides would get something like 4 or 5 players each from the Tahs. The rest of those squads will be made up of inter-state Super players and NSW Academy/local club players.