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Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by RugbyReg, Jul 24, 2018.

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  1. neilc Bob Loudon (25)

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    Ready has gone to Southland in NZ so definitely won't be in NRC.
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  2. jl75 Chris McKivat (8)

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    Any feedback on yesterday’s game. I did hear it wasn’t a training run, it was a practice game.
  3. Eagles90 Herbert Moran (7)

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    Wasn't there, but here are some highlights from the hit out.

  4. eldiablo Herbert Moran (7)

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    Some decent plays in there. Wonder if they are close to full strength sides for both teams.
    Can also hear B.Thorn making comments in the background.
  5. RugbyReg Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Seemed a bunch of fill ins.

    And I am almost positive that is not Thorn’s voice you are hearing.
  6. Oracle83 Syd Malcolm (24)

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    Any ma on when U19 teams announced?? Do they play same time/draw as the open team??
  7. RugbyReg Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I believe they’ve been named but not announced. Nsw named their teams this week.

    Draw is as follows.

    Pool A: NSW Country, ACT, Brisbane City, Western Australia
    Pool B: Sydney, Barbarians, Queensland Country, Victoria

    Date Match Kick-Off Time
    Saturday 29 September Sydney v Barbarians 1030
    Queensland Country v Victoria 1230
    Brisbane v Western Australia 1430
    NSW Country v ACT 1630
    Monday 1 October Queensland Country v Barbarians 1030
    Brisbane v ACT 1230
    Sydney v Victoria 1430
    NSW Country v WA 1630
    Wednesday 3 October Victoria v Barbarians 1030
    ACT v Western Australia 1230
    Sydney v Queensland Country 1430
    Brisbane v NSW Country 1630
    Friday 5 October Pool A (4th) v Pool B (4th) TBC
    Pool A (3rd) v Pool B (3rd) TBC
    Pool A (2nd) v Pool B (2nd) TBC
    Pool A (1st) v Pool B (1st) TBC
  8. Getwithme Cyril Towers (30)

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    Yeah players have been told but the squads are announced on Thursday.
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  9. RugbyReg Rocky Elsom (76)

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    View this email online

    QRU Media Release: Queensland squads and coaching staff announced for inaugural U19 Rugby Championship

    Queensland Rugby Union today announced its squads and coaching staff for the inaugural U19s Rugby Championship.

    QRU will field two teams in the tournament, Brisbane City U19s and Queensland Country U19s, which will take place in Canberra from September 28 to October 5.

    The 25-man squads have been selected following the completion of the Queensland Premier Rugby season, with all nine clubs represented. 11 players from the Country side hail from Queensland’s regional pathways.

    QRU has also chosen two development players for the Country U19s, with Caboolture’s Mathew Connor and Noosa’s Will Christie selected following strong performances for the Queensland Country Heelers U19s earlier this year. The pair will train with the squad in the lead up to the tournament.

    Queensland Country will be coached by Bond University head coach Grant Anderson, supported by Norths’ Nick Fogarty and Sunnybank’s James McLaren.

    Anderson said: “We’re really excited with the group of players we’ve got. A lot of them have played premier grade Rugby this year. We’ve got a talented forward pack and some strike power in the backline.

    “I think the U19s will fill a gap in our pathway program between leaving school and the Junior Wallabies. It is a crucial stepping stone for those players looking to play rep footy as a Junior Wallaby next year.

    “The tournament will be a big challenge, we’ve just got to do everything we can to make sure the players are ready to take on the best in Australia.”

    Brisbane City will be coached by Sunnybank head coach Damon Virtue, who will be supported by assistants Kelevi Tuicolo of Brothers and Pat Byron from Wests.

    Virtue said: “We’re happy with the squad we’ve pulled together. It is a pretty good reflection of the club competition. There’s a lot of combinations within the squad, so we’re hoping they’ll come together and click fairly quickly.

    “It’s pretty exciting to take part in a new competition. It’s a much needed piece of the pathway and is really beneficial to have the guys coming from this competition into Junior Wallabies duties.

    “We’re expecting tough opposition with strong teams across the board. It is going to be a great tournament.”

    The U19s Rugby Championship (URC) was announced by Rugby Australia earlier this year, as a replacement for the Super U20s competition.

    The inaugural tournament will feature the Western Force U19s, Melbourne Rebels U19s, Brumbies U19s, Sydney U19s, NSW Country Eagles U19s, Brisbane U19s, Queensland Country U19s and the Australian Barbarians U19s.

    Queensland Country U19s – Squad and coaching staff
    Head coach – Grant Anderson (Bond University)
    Assistant coach – Nick Fogarty (Norths)
    Assistant coach – James McLaren (Sunnybank)

    Brendan Bell – Brothers
    Jack Butler – Bond University* - Gold Coast
    Lachlan Connors – Bond University – Gold Coast
    Will Dearden – Wests – Warwick
    Theo Fourie – Souths - Rockhampton
    Reno Gerrard – The Southport School – Gold Coast
    Reagan Leslie – Souths – Toowoomba
    Angus Lovelock – Brothers
    Torah Moe – University of Queensland
    Ollie Sheppard – Wests*
    Egan Siggs – Brothers – Gold Coast
    Alex Smit – Wests*
    Laurence Tominiko – Sunnybank
    Dane Zander – Norths
    Matthew Connor – Caboolture Snakes (development player)

    Max Dowd – Bond University – Gold Coast
    Ilaisa Droasese – Wests
    Isaac Henry – Wests
    Elijah Kefu – Souths
    Viliami Lea – Souths
    Neal McNamara – Sunnybank
    Lachlan Sperling – University of Queensland - Toowoomba
    Isaac Tarabay – Brothers
    Brad Twidale – University of Queensland – Bringalily (Darling Downs)
    Joshua Walker – Bond University – Gold Coast
    Cooper Whiteside – Wests
    Will Christie – Noosa Dolphins (development player)

    Brisbane City U19s – Squad and coaching staff
    Head coach – Damon Virtue (Sunnybank)
    Assistant coach – Kelevi Tuicolo (Brothers)
    Assistant coach – Pat Byron (Wests)

    Jed Chapman – GPS
    Joe Cotton – Wests
    Angus Dean – Souths*
    Ben Fox – Sunnybank
    Elijah Kuilamu – Sunnybank
    Nathan Marshall – Sunnybank
    Matthew Munday – Brothers
    Zac Munro – Souths
    Flynn Noon – Wests*
    Ben Paxton-Hall – University of Queensland
    Prynce-Romeo Taugaele – Wests
    Rhys Van Nek – Souths
    Xavier Vela-Tupuhi – Souths
    John Yates – University of Queensland

    Nathan Carroll - Brothers
    Hudson Creighton – Brothers
    Isaac De Flavis – GPS
    Will Feeney – Sunnybank
    Henry Lennon – Brothers*
    Liam Matenga – Easts
    Liam Predagast – Norths*
    Byron Ralston – Brothers
    Billy Rutherford – Souths
    Sam Samu - Sunnybank
    Tristan Stanghon – Brothers

    *NRC replacement player

    Unavailable due to injury:
    Liam Usher - Brothers (prop)
    Lloyd Gorman - Sunnybank (prop)
  10. Eagles90 Herbert Moran (7)

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    Yeah most of the UQ and GPS players involved in the GF prior were not required for this hit out unless they wanted to. But the remaining squads were split across the two 30 min halves.

    K Hunt played the full 60 I think, or thereabouts - good to see.
  11. Oracle83 Syd Malcolm (24)

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    I’m surprised there’s no spot for Finn McKee of Norths can play anywhere from 10-15 and got MOTM in Norths home win over Brothers in his first Prem grade game. Then he played the house down for Australian Stockmen vs Western Force U19s the other week.
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  12. Dark Shark Alex Ross (28)

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    Yes, I think he is the only Colts player who has been in a starting First Grade team this year who was not selected in any NRC team - Seniors or u19
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  13. Getwithme Cyril Towers (30)

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    Could this have something to do with his Stockman commitments? Not sure. He should be playing. I've heard that Shea Lalagavesi is in line for Barbarians selection so hopefully the same goes for Finn
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  14. Bulldog Vay Wilson (31)

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    The Western Force look like they're the benchmark for the NRC.

    They were just far too professional for Brisbane City yesterday.

    I think BC have some improvement in them.

    Great start for QC inCanberra.
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  15. SouthernX Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Where has Daugunu been?

    2 weeks in a row Country missing the 2017 NRC top try scorer
  16. RugbyReg Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Popped back home to see his family. Back now and we should see him soon enough.
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  17. SouthernX Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    It’s not like they need him tbh.

    That country backline could give a lot of super rugby teams a run for their money.

    A gluttony of talent but can’t wait to welcome him back.
  18. Eagles90 Herbert Moran (7)

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    Only returned back to training this week from what I hear. But I think Reg is right, we'll likely see him soon enough (next week?).

    I wonder who misses out when CFS returns from injury, if he does return for NRC.. ?
  19. upthereds#! Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Surely if the Country backline could give super rugby teams a run for their money, the Reds would have.
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  20. SouthernX Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Yeah I don’t think it’s that simple but I understand your point.

    Perhaps it’s the reds forward pack being the issue or maybe the backline coach of the reds not being as effective as the country coach?

    I just look at the country backline and see all the super rugby experience and see why they are the champs
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