National Rugby Championship NRC 2014 Live Brisbane City vs Sydney Stars match will be kick off at Ballymore Oval, Brisbane,Thursday 21 August 2014 online, Time 19:30 AEDT and its broadcast Online.
The new competition has to kick off somewhere and all eyes will be on Ballymore, where Brisbane City will host the side that seems to have become everyone’s NRC equivalent of Collingwood or Manly, the Sydney Stars.
Brisbane City were rocked this week by the loss of their named captain, young Reds flanker Curtis Browning, who picked up a Grade 1 AC-joint injury in the Premier Rugby final and will be out of action for four weeks. Reds and Uni of Queensland lock Dave McDuling will lead City in the interim.
The 23-man side features ten Reds squad players, including five with Super Rugby experience. The remainder of the team comprises players from Queensland Premier Rugby, with 2014 finalists University of Queensland and Sunnybank dominating selections.
Reds players Ben Tapuai (ankle – twelve weeks) and Liam Gill (upper body – one week) weren’t considered, due to injuries suffered in Premier Rugby.
With City comprising a large number of UQ and Sunnybank players, coach Nick Stiles has had to get his team up in a pretty short turnaround.
“Eight of these guys played in the Premier Rugby final two days ago, so it’s great to be bringing that sort of confidence and experience into the first round of the NRC,” Stiles said at City’s team announcement this week. “That also comes with its own challenges, but the Super Rugby players within the squad are used to short turnarounds and will provide good leadership around the field.”
The Stars have had a little more time up their sleeve, by virtue of Sydney Uni’s surprise semi-final defeat, and coach Chris Malone has brought a decent side together.
The 23-man squad includes a number of NSW Waratahs, with Jeremy Tilse, and Sydney Stars skipper Patrick McCutcheon in the forwards, as well as Michael Hodge in the backline.
Interspersed throughout the team is also an array of local talent from both Sydney University and subbies’ club Balmain, and some exciting young players who are looking forward to the opportunity to play with and against the best of the club and Super Rugby ranks.
The Stars received a late boost heading into the first game, with Wallabies squad members Paddy Ryan and Peter Betham both released to play NRC, while the Wallabies take on New Zealand in the second Bledisloe.
Brisbane City (1-15): Pettowa Paraka (Reds WTS/Easts), Andrew Ready (Reds EPS/Easts), Sam Talakai (Sydney University), Marco Kotze (GPS), Dave McDuling (C – Reds/University of Queensland), Adam Korczyk (UQ), Michael Gunn (Reds WTS/Easts), Jake Schatz (Reds/Sunnybank), Nick Frisby (Reds/GPS), Jake McIntyre (Reds WTS/Sunnybank), Harry Parker (UQ), Samu Kerevi (Reds/GPS), Toby White (Easts), Chris Kuridrani (Reds EPS/GPS), Brando Va’aulu (Sunnybank).
Reserves: David Feao (Souths), Matt Mafi (Brothers), Phil Kite (Reds WTS/GPS), Bench lock TBC, Brad Wilkin (Easts), Jack Mullins (Easts), James Dalgleish (UQ), Rex Tapuai (Sunnybank).
Sydney Stars (1-15): (All Sydney Uni, unless stated) Jeremy Tilse, Tom Coolican, Paddy Ryan, Andrew Leota (Southern Districts), Ryan Wilson (Balmain), Sam Quinn, Patrick McCutcheon (C), Hugo Dessens, Jake Gordon, Stuart Dunbar, Henry Clunies-Ross, Michael Hodge, Jim Stewart, James Dargaville, Peter Betham.
Reserves: Jack Jones, Aldy King, Tom Robertson, Byron Hodge, Matt Philips, Jock Merriman, Jonathan Fakai, Matt Kenny (Balmain).