The NRC is a domestic Rugby competition, which will kick off in August this year.
It will involve eight teams – two from Queensland, three from New South Wales, and one each from the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Western Australia and will run for 9 weeks from late August to late October.
It is designed to give players another link in their development pathway towards Super Rugby and ultimately Wallaby selection.
The representative teams from Queensland will feature members from the current Reds squad, while also drawing from Queensland Premier Rugby and Country Rugby competitions.
Both teams will train at Ballymore Stadium, the spiritual and administrative home of Queensland Rugby.
Brisbane City will play its home games at Ballymore Stadium.
Queensland Country will play matches at Bond University on the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
As both teams are existing representative brands in the Queensland Rugby pathway, their NRC versions will sport the same colour scheme and similar logos.
Brisbane City will wear a yellow and blue uniform, with a crest featuring the traditional Brisbane City Hall logo inside the iconic Queensland Rugby ‘Q’ on the chest of the jersey. Queensland Country will wear blue and white, with the traditional Orchid logo inside the iconic ‘Q’.
QRU has built a strategic framework around Brisbane City and Queensland Country to ensure the game continues to see the improved high performance results that will deliver the long-term outcomes for the Queensland Reds and representative pathway in Queensland. These two teams are representative of the scale, volume and pathway of Queensland Rugby.
The NRC is designed to provide the appropriate level of competition to bridge the development pathway between club Rugby and Super Rugby.
This will be of great benefit to our players, coaches, match officials and broader stakeholder base. Queensland Rugby has continued to advance its talent and development pathway model in relation to the NRC.