National Rugby Championship Round Three Preview

· NRC
by Rugby Australia

Round Three of the National Rugby Championship will see teams vying for crucial competition points with a tightly contested ladder making it anyone’s game.

Sydney host their first home game, while the Western Force will look to consolidate their place at the top of the table. 

Sydney v Bond University Queensland Country

Where: Woollahra Oval, Sydney

When: 12:00pm AEST, steamed LIVE FOX SPORTS 503 and on Kayo Sports and RUGBY.com.au

  • Sydney will look to break their winless start when they host their first home game of the season. 
  • Queensland Country Head Coach Rob Seib has named five changes to his starting side with Queensland Reds back Chris Feauai-Sautia set to start at outside centre with Reds teammate Alex Mafi named on the bench.

Canberra Vikings v Brisbane City 

Where: Viking Park, Canberra

When: 2:00pm AEST, steamed LIVE on Kayo Sports and RUGBY.com.au

  • Vikings Head Coach, Nick Scrivener has made three changes to the team, headlined by the return of Wallabies debutant Rob Valentini to the starting XV.
  • Brisbane City has made six changes to the run on side with Queensland Reds front-rowers Ruan Smith and Brendan Paenga-Amosa set to start alongside Michael Wood, Sam Wallis, Hunter Paisami and Lawson Creighton.

NSW Country Eagles v Fijian Drua

Where: WIN Stadium, Wollongong

When: 4:00pm AEST, steamed LIVE on Kayo Sports and RUGBY.com.au

  • NSW Country will be hoping to continue their winning ways in Wollongong this weekend, with only one point between them and first place on the ladder. 
  • The Fijian Drua will be looking for their first victory in 2019 following a draw in round one and a loss to the Western Force in Suva last weekend.

Western Force v Melbourne Rising

Where: University of Western Australia

When: 5:00pm AEST, steamed LIVE on Kayo Sports and RUGBY.com.au

  • The Western Force will look to hold their lead at the top of the table after last weekend's convincing win over defending champions Fiji Drua. 
  • Melbourne Rising are set to boast a backrow full of talent this weekend with Wallaby Richard Hardwick set to pack down with rising stars Rob Leota and Ikapote Tupai in Perth.