The National Rugby Championships: Pathway to Super Rugby

The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship teams. Photo from: www.bmcsport.com.au
The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship teams.
Photo from: http://www.bmcsport.com.au

With the 2015 regular Super Rugby (SR) season half completed, the contribution of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) is becoming progressively evident for each of the five Australian franchises.

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NRC Round 5 Preview Best Bets: Queensland Country v Greater Sydney Rams

Queensland Country host the Greater Sydney Rams in R5 of the NRC. Photo located from www.ramsrugby.com.au
Queensland Country host the Greater Sydney Rams in R5 of the NRC. Photo located from http://www.ramsrugby.com.au

Round 5 of the National Rugby Championships gets underway on Thursday, as the winless Queensland Country host the in form Greater Sydney Rams at Ballymore Stadium. The home side are yet to take home the bacon after three game, while the Rams will be hoping to continue their ascent to the finals.

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Rugby Laws: Where to from here?

The NRC law variation commitee
The NRC law variation commitee

The ongoing debate on whether rugby laws should be altered in order to promote a more exciting product is fast becoming a hot topic. Experimental laws are being trialled at a number of domestic competitions around the world including the inaugural season of Australia’s National Rugby Championships’ and South Africa’s Varsity Cup. To date, the NRC is producing some of the most crowd thrilling games of rugby that can be watched around the planet, mainly due to law variations. On the other hand, international rugby laws are too complicated, reducing the speed and entertainment of the game. It is time the the IRB takes notice of what it’s fans want: exciting, fast paced rugby.

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NRC Round 4 Preview & Best Bets: Greater Sydney Rams vs Sydney Stars

Vasa Falaelli taking the ball up for the Greater Sydney Rams against Canberra Vikings. Photo by J.B-Photography
Vasa Falaelli taking the ball up for the Greater Sydney Rams against Canberra Vikings. Photo by J.B-Photography

Round 4 of the National Rugby Championships continues on Saturday, at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta. The Rams will be hoping to barge home their second straight victory and their first home win, while the Stars aim to get off the blocks for their 2014 campaign.

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NRC R3 Review: The soaring Eagles grind out a win over the sinking Rays

NRC Round 3 Review: Dour conditions were yet again present during Thursday night’s NRC clash, as the North Harbour Rays hosted the NSW Country Eagles at Brookvale Oval. A typical wet weather kick-fest could have been expected, however the conditions did little to dampen the attacking style of play, which the NRC is fast becoming famous for. 1,981 fans braved the cold to watch the Rays bag their first win of the inaugural tournament, however they witnessed the Eagles carve a third notch onto the bed post, in as many games.

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