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    2019 NRC draw revealed

    NRC draw revealed: lunch-time kickoffs, 50-22 kicks and goal-line drop outs
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    by Iain Payten

    The National Rugby Championship will trial 50:22 kicks, goal-line drop outs and contain midday kick-offs to avoid clashes with Wallabies’ games at the Rugby World Cup.

    The innovations were revealed with Rugby Australia’s release of the NRC draw for the 2019 season, which will kick off on August 31 and runs for nine weeks.

    With the NRC season stretching through the Rugby World Cup, the schedule has been formatted to ensure there are no clashes with Wallabies’ games.

    A number of NRC games will have “lunchtime” kickoffs at midday, ahead of Wallabies pool rounds later in the afternoon in Japan.

    Sydney will take on defending champions, the Fiji Drua, for example at midday (AEST) in Lautoka before the Wallabies and Fiji meet in Sapporo at 2.45pm (AEST).

    The NRC will also be used to trial two fascinating law variations for World Rugby.

    Similar to league’s 40-20, the NRC will allow teams to try for a 50:22 kick, which would see a team given the lineout throw if they kick a ball from their half and find touch in their rivals’ quarter.


    The law trial is hoped to create more space for more attacking play out wide, by forcing defending teams to drop wingers back.

    The second law trial is designed to reward teams for good defence when they hold their rivals up over the try-line.

    Currently the attacking team gets a five-metre scrum but in the NRC, the defending team will get a goal-line drop out and be able to relieve pressure.


    “The NRC continues to be an important competition for the development of our elite Rugby talent and is also a showcase of the best Club Rugby players in Australia,” Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle said in a release.

    “The competition will once again be played at suburban and regional venues across the country, giving communities and fans access to more quality Rugby at the conclusion of their club seasons.

    “The Fijian Drua will again create massive fan interest for the way they play the game as they look to defend their crown, but every team has made moves to strengthen their programs ahead of the 2019 season and we are looking forward to the most competitive NRC season we’ve seen.

    “As the excitement builds around the globe for the Rugby World Cup, the NRC will give fans their footy fix here at home while the Qantas Wallabies battle it out in Japan.”

    “With a massive few months for our game with the Rugby World Cup, the NRC will feed fans’ desire to see live Rugby here at home, with the Qantas Wallabies battling it out in Japan at the same time.”

    One match per round will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS with the remaining games to be shown LIVE on Kayo Sports and RUGBY.com.au.

    2019 National Rugby Championship Draw (all times are local)

    Round 1:
    Saturday 31 August - NSW Country v Sydney, 12.00pm, Apex Oval, Dubbo*
    Saturday 31 August - Melbourne Rising v Canberra Vikings, 1.30pm, Box Hill Rugby Club, Melbourne
    Saturday 31 August - Brisbane City v Fiji Drua, 3.00pm, GPS Rugby Club, Brisbane
    Saturday 31 August - Western Force v Queensland Country, 3.00pm, UWA, Perth

    Round 2:
    Saturday 7 September - Fiji Drua v Western Force, 3.00pm, ANZ Stadium, Suva
    Saturday 7 September - Melbourne Rising v NSW Country, 3.30pm, Bailey Reserve, Adelaide*
    Sunday 8 September - Brisbane City v Sydney, 1.00pm, Bond University, Gold Coast
    Sunday 8 September - Queensland Country v Canberra Vikings, 3.00pm, Bond University, Gold Coast

    Round 3:
    Saturday 14 September - Sydney v Queensland Country, 12.00pm, Woollahra Oval, Sydney*
    Saturday 14 September - Canberra Vikings v Brisbane City, 2.00pm, Viking Park, Canberra
    Saturday 14 September - NSW Country v Fiji Drua, 4.00pm, WIN Stadium, Wollongong
    Sunday 15 September - Western Force v Melbourne Rising, 3.00pm, UWA, Perth

    Round 4:
    Saturday 21 September - Fiji Drua v Sydney, 2.00pm (12pm AEST), Churchill Park, Lautoka*
    (Saturday 21 September- Australia v Fiji, 2.45pm AEST)
    Saturday 21 September - Western Force v Canberra Vikings, 3.00pm, UWA, Perth
    Sunday 22 September - Melbourne Rising v Queensland Country, 1.00pm, Mars Stadium, Ballarat
    Sunday 22 September - Brisbane City v NSW Country, 4.00pm, Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

    Round 5:
    Saturday 28 September - Canberra Vikings v Fiji Drua, 12.00pm, Viking Park, Canberra*
    Saturday 28 September - Queensland Country v Brisbane City, 4.00pm, Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone
    Sunday 29 September - Sydney v Melbourne Rising, 1.00pm, Woollahra Oval, Sydney
    Sunday 29 September - NSW Country v Western Force, 3.00pm, Port Macquarie Regional Stadium, Port Macquarie

    Round 6:
    Saturday 5 October - Canberra Vikings v Sydney, 12.00pm, Viking Park, Canberra*
    (Saturday 5 October, Australia v Uruguay, 3.15pm AEST)
    Saturday 5 October - Melbourne Rising v Fiji Drua, 5.30pm, Casey Fields, Melbourne
    Sunday 6 October - Queensland Country v NSW Country, 3.00pm, Bond University, Gold Coast
    Sunday 6 October - Western Force v Brisbane City, 3.00pm, UWA, Perth

    Round 7:
    Friday 11 October - Canberra Vikings v NSW Country, 6.00pm, Viking Park, Canberra
    (Friday 11 October- Australia v Georgia, 9.15pm)
    Saturday 12 October - Sydney v Western Force, 12.00pm, Woollahra Oval, Sydney*
    Saturday 12 October - Fiji Drua v Queensland Country, 3.00pm, Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka
    Saturday 12 October - Brisbane City v Melbourne Rising, 3.00pm, Easts Rugby Club, Brisbane

    Semi-Final:
    Saturday 19 October - 1st v 4th*
    Sunday 20 October - 2nd v 3rd*

    Final:
    Saturday 26 October*

    *FOX SPORTS Match of the round

    https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/0...-2019-schedule
    Interesting to see a bit of GRR influence with the 50:22 law variation.

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    You mean Rugby League influence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    You mean Rugby League influence?
    Touche

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    You mean Rugby League influence?
    Imagine the fun Cronk, Smith, Hunt, Pearce,....well just about every RL tactical boot actually, would have with a 50/20.

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    Brisbane spreading their "home" games around: GPS, Gold Coast, Ballymore & Easts.

    So are Melbourne: Box Hill, Adelaide, Ballarat and Casey Fields.

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    So are the Force - UWA Perth, ANZ Suva, Port Mac and even Woollahra

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    Hope to make the NSW games.

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    It would have been nice if we could have had a game in Dunsborough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopper1 View Post
    It would have been nice if we could have had a game in Dunsborough...
    And at Lark hill...

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    or Joondalup

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    The WACA would be nice. And has history of being a WA rugby ground, doesn't it?

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    I was hoping for a game at Hudson Park, Girrawheen- pretty decent hill there. And good South-East Asian cuisine.

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    They should have played the games at Mills Park in Beckenham with a kick off at about 9am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    They should have played the games at Mills Park in Beckenham with a kick off at about 9am.
    Given up on Stade du 4-Août in Ouagadougu then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Given up on Stade du 4-Août in Ouagadougu then?
    Different comp bro.

    If Twiggy is interested in playing his fictional GRR (or whatever it's called next year) competition at my park he can send me a PM.

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