In December 2013, Australian Rugby Union announced the launch of the National Rugby Championship, a new domestic competition set to start in 2014. The tournament will create a pathway for junior Rugby representatives to develop into elite players, coaches and match officials.
The season is scheduled to run at the end of the Super Rugby and club Rugby seasons from August to October.
Expressions of interest have now closed for applicants who would like to apply for a place in the competition.
A formal tendering process is now underway, with successful teams expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Successful teams will be selected based on a number of criteria including: financial performance, professional team staffing structure and environment, commitment to player development, venue facilities, links to Super Rugby clubs and current or potential fan base.
Downloadable Expression of Interest Form | 6Mb PDF