Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by RugbyReg, Jul 4, 2018.
Draw has been released
So confirming what we all knew that the Perth Spirit is no more …
Presumably RugbyWA now get to keep the renamed Welborn-Hodgson Shield as a perpetual trophy.
^ not sure if that post is tongue in cheek or serious.
Was a challenge trophy. There can be no more!
Remind he again what this was or is this the Horan-Little Shield that you've claimed?
In other news, one of my prized childhood rugby possessions was John Welborn's Eastern Suburbs jersey I was given for racking up 50 junior games with the club.
"Was" being the operative word. Since it can no longer be won it remains the possession of the holder to do what they will.
Timmy's "brand" is not in the greatest order in the West. Jason is collateral making way for Hodgo.
I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't passed onto the Force and offered up in 2018.
Jokes aside, this NRC comp in its fifth year now doesn't show too many signs of kicking on.
Assuredly the standard of rugby will be pretty good and perhaps, with some luck, even a little better than last year. But it's not going to arrive on Australia's sporting radar screen anytime soon.
There's no chance of it on its current trajectory (and, to be fair, we've known it for a few years now).
Still, there'll be some decent rugby games to watch out of it.
Stoked about Sydney playing games out of leichardt and concord oval as great places to watch games and selfishly close to home - even woolahara not that far so I am back on the Sydney bandwagon. Time to get behind the Sydney team people and attend some games.
That draw is very favourable to Sydney (surprise! surprise!). Four matches straight up in Sydney with the furthest travel to get to Woolahra. Contrast with the Rising who have Fiji, Townsville, Mudgee and Adelaide in the first four weeks. Vikings also have a relatively easy draw, but if Sydney don't win this year in a canter then there is little hope for them.
They've changed everything about the Rays including their logo, but kept their name?
Thought I read somewhere that an existing contract with Macquarie Uni meant that the Rays name, and even logo, had to be maintained in 2018. They're possibly running women's sevens under that logo as well - I dunno.
It might still be a phase out after that arrangement expires. From the Tahs site, a glimpse of the Sydney jersey showed the "Sydney anchor" on the collar and manta ray logo on the chest. Will the ray stay or will the anchor move later?
There's an Eagles game in Camden. Not 10 minutes down the road from my place. That's a no excuse game for me in terms of attending.
For it to kick on it needs a lot more time and resources invested in marketing and promoting the competition. The product is pretty damn good. People just need to know that it exists.
Yeah, it's just that the 'just' part is sometimes the hard part.
Well apparently Quade & Hunt are also unwanted for NRC..
"Obviously NRC is a development pathway for the Reds and if those guys aren't involved there, there probably isn’t much logic having them in an NRC side."
How about having them round if you want to win the f@cking comp!!
Would also help on the marketing front I would think.
That's right we don't need to market the NRC, it already so popular with the general public.
RA again at their finest
RA are broke and no money to market NRC. Remember last year Twiggy was to sponsor NRC but I think that was part of his offer to RA that was rejected as part of having force reinstated to super rugby.
Same as saying "Bandar - you are abosolutely right!"
I'll say it then. Bandar - astute observation.
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