Opening Round of National Rugby Championship Kicks off this weekend

by Rugby Australia

Historic rivalries return, and exciting new rivalries will be created, as the sixth edition of the National Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend.

Saturday 31 August

NSW Country v Sydney

Where: Apex Oval, Dubbo

When: 12.00pm AEST, steamed LIVE on FOX SPORTS 505, Kayo Sports and

  • NSW Country will look to get their season off to a winning start in the first regional clash of the year when they host rivals Sydney in Dubbo.
  • Sydney will be hoping for a fast start their 2019 campaign after a disappointing 2018

Melbourne Rising v Canberra Vikings

Where: Box Hill Rugby Club, Melbourne

When: 1.30pm AEST, steamed LIVE on Kayo Sports and

  • Melbourne Rising are getting into the club spirit by hosting their opening fixture at Box Hill Rugby Club.
  • The Canberra Vikings have named a starting squad with 12 players boasting Super Rugby experience, while Darcy Swain will skipper the side for the first time.

Brisbane City v Fijian Drua

Where: GPS Rugby Club, Brisbane

When: 3.00pm AEST, steamed LIVE on Kayo Sports and

  • Brisbane City has named a new look side for their first outing for 2019, with the possibility of up to seven NRC debutants featuring in their match day 23.
  • Defending Champions, Fijian Drua begin their title defence against the only side to have claimed the NRC title twice.

Western Force v Queensland Country

Where: UWA, Perth

When: 3.00pm AWST, steamed LIVE on Kayo Sports and

  • The Western Force will be looking for revenge against the Force in 2019, following their elimination from finals contention in 2018 when they went down to Queensland Country 45-24 in the semi-finals.
  • After two consecutive appearances in the NRC Grand Final, Queensland Country are expected to be in the mix again come finals time