The National Rugby Championship (NRC) is Australia’s only national rugby competition. The NRC is now entering the fourth year of competition having been conceived in 2013.
The competition features nine teams; Perth Spirit, Brisbane City, Melbourne Rising, Queensland Country, Sydney Rays, UC Vikings, NSW Country, Greater Sydney Rams and for the first time in 2017, a team from Fiji, the Fijian Drua.
Brisbane City claimed back-to-back titles in the competition in 2014 and 2015 with the Perth Spirit claiming the 2016 title.
In the regular rounds of the competition, teams also have the chance to play for the Horan-Little Shield, a challenge trophy that is on offer when the holder comes up against an opponent. The winner keeps the shield, but surrenders it in the event of a loss.
The future of the NRC has been secured for the next five years, after the announcement of a new ARU broadcast deal in December 2015.
- Indo Pacific Rugby Championship Making Significant Progress with Rugby Australia and World Rugby
- Spirit Fall in Semi Final Thriller
- Spirit Lock Matt Philip In Line for Test Debut
- Spirit Bolstered For Vikings Semi Final Showdown
- Spirit Secure Finals Place with Thrilling Win
- Seven Spirit Men Named in Wallabies Spring Tour Squad
- Spirit Name Local Stars for Queensland Country Challenge
- Seven Spirit Men Named in Barbarians Team
- Four Spirit Young Stars Named in Classic Wallabies
- Spirit Stung by Sydney Rays