Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Queensland Country vs NSW Country Eagles match will be kick off at Bond University, Gold Coast,Saturday 30 August 2014 online, Time 15:00 AEDT and its broadcast Online.
I bet ARU CEO Bill Pulver is looking forward to this game, pitting the two teams from ‘the bush’ against one another. Obviously, there are very few genuinely country-based players in either side, but this is still a significant moment of representation for rugby in regional areas.
Regardless of what you might think about their makeup, no other top-level national sporting competition in Australia can boast country representative teams like the NRC.
Queensland will be looking to hit the ground running as they make their NRC debut, while the Eagles are currently sitting at the top of the proverbial tree after their impressive 31-2 win over Greater Sydney last weekend.
Queensland skipper Anthony Fainga’a is back to lead his side in what will be his first game since picking up an injury for the Reds against the Melbourne Rebels at the end of June. Meanwhile, twin brother Saia will be looking to show Ewen McKenzie that he’s ready for a Wallabies call-up to replace hooker Nathan Charles. Greg Holmes and Beau Robinson will also provide some crucial experience in the pack.
The Eagles were well served last week by the experienced lock pairing of Cam Treloar and the rampaging, going-out-with-a-bang Kane Douglas, while young halves Mick Snowden and Sam Windsor were both very good too.
Good form in last week’s quality win is likely to be rewarded by coach Darren Coleman, though my listening bug in the Eagles’ camp tells me that several of their missing Super Rugby contingent from last week – Stephen Hoiles, Mitch Chapman, Brendan McKibbin, and Josh Mann-Rea – are set to make their NRC debut.
Queensland Country: Haydn Hirsimaki, Ryan Freney, Greg Holmes (VC), Cameron Bracewell, Sam Fattal, James Turner, Beau Robinson, Ben Adams, Scott Gale, Matt Brandon, Pierce Fitzgerald, Anthony Fainga’a (C), Clyton Knox, Tom Pincus, Todd Winkley.
Reserves: Tonga Ma’afu, Kirwan Sanday, Fred Burke, Rubin Fuimaono, Mitch King, Jack de Guingand, James Tuttle, Campbell Magnay.
NSW Country Eagles: Ben Suisala, Ryan Dalziell, Mike Allaalatoa, Ben Matwijow, Cameron Treloar, Steven Holies, Will Miller, Tala Gray, Mick Snowden, Sam Windsor, Andrew Kellaway, Kuki Maafu, Matt Carraro (c), Ethan Ford, Pat Dellit.
Reserves: Duncan Chubb, Will Weekes, Clay Brodie, Mitch Chapman, Pauli Tuala, Darcy Etrich, Ed Stubbs, Samu Wara.