The Queensland Rugby Union have announced the squads and coaching staff for McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City and Bond University Queensland Country for the 2018 National Rugby Championship (NRC).
The Brisbane City squad features a healthy mix of professional and grassroots, with 14 players selected from the St.George Queensland Reds squad and the remaining 22 drawn from Queensland Premier Rugby.
The Queensland Country squad features 19 current St.George Queensland Reds, many of whom have progressed from the 2017 Queensland Country Championship squad to make their Reds and Super Rugby debuts in 2018, including Teti Tela and Angus Blyth, who both made their debuts against the Sunwolves in the Reds final match of the season.
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As was the case in 2017, all nine of Queensland’s Hospital Challenge Cup clubs are represented in the squad. Half the squad have previously represented Brisbane City, while 14 players are in line for their NRC debuts.
Eleven players from the 36-man Bond University Queensland Country squad trace their roots to country Queensland, with players including Harry Hoopert (Jondaryn), Duncan Paia’aua (Rockhampton) and Tate McDermott (Sunshine Coast) having progressed through Queensland Rugby’s pathway from regional schools and clubs.