NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship - Round 1 Preview

The second edition of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship kicks off tonight with a re-match of last year's Grand Final.

Round 1

Match: Brisbane City v Perth Spirit

When: Thursday 20 August. Kick-off 7.30pm AEST

Where: Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane.

Match Referee: Will Houston

Broadcast Information: FOX SPORTS Channel 502

Brisbane City Form Guide: WWW

Perth Spirit Form Guide: LWL

Last Time They Met: 01/11/14; Brisbane City 37-26 Perth Spirit; Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

Match Notes: Current Champions Brisbane City take on Perth Spirit in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final

Match: North Harbour Rays v Sydney Stars

When: Saturday 22 August. Kick-off 3pm AEST

Where: Manly Oval, Manly.

Match Referee: Graham Cooper

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

North Harbour Rays Form Guide: DLL

Sydney Stars Form Guide: LLW

Last Time They Met: 16/10/14; Sydney Stars 49-40 North Harbour Rays; Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match Notes: An all-Sydney derby with both clubs looking to break into the top four and Finals football after missing out in 2014

Match: Greater Sydney Rams v NSW Country Eagles

When: Saturday 22 August. Kick-off 3pm

Where: Merrylands RSL, Sydney.

Match Referee: Angus Gardner

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Greater Sydney Rams Form Guide: DWL

NSW Country Eagles Form Guide: WWL

Last Time They Met: 23/08/14; NSW Country Eagles 31-2 NSW Country Eagles; Coogee Oval, Sydney

Match Notes: Former Wallaby Jim Williams takes charge of the Rams for the first time while last season’s competition try scorer Andrew Kellaway will be looking to continue where he left off

Match: Queensland Country v Melbourne Rising

When: Sunday 23 August. Kick-off 3.30pm

Where: Bond University, Gold Coast.

Match Referee: Nic Berry

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Queensland Country Form Guide: LWL

Melbourne Rising Form Guide: WWL

Last Time They Met: 18/10/14; Melbourne Rising 47-26 Queensland Country; AAMI Park, Melbourne

Match Notes: The Horan-Little Shield will be on the line for the very first time when holders and last year's minor premiers, the Melbourne Rising travel north to take on Queensland Country