2017 NRC Fixture: Games you can't miss

by RUGBY.com.au staff

The 2017 NRC draw is officially out!

So, which one of your team's matches can you not afford to miss?

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Brisbane City

Round 1 vs Fiji,September 2, Ballymore

Brisbane City will make NRC history in its opening round clash with Fiji, the first team to take on the NRC's new inclusion. With the strength of the Fijian community in Brisbane, this should be an absolutely cracking way to start the 2017 season at the home of Queensland rugby.

QLD Country

Round 2 vs Brisbane City, September 9, Noosa

NRC fans will only have to wait until week two to see vicious rivals Queensland Country take on Brisbane City. As well as that already tantalising picture, this is the only home match that Queensland Country plays away from its Bond University base, taking the match to the other South-East Queensland coast.

NSW Country Eagles

Round 7 vs Perth Spirit, Tamworth

This match will be circled in any Eagles fans' diaries, with the country side facing off against the defending champions for the first time. It was in Tamworth where these sides played out last years' decider and the locals will be looking for revenge.

Sydney Rays

Round 2 vs Greater Sydney Rams,  September 10, Macquarie Uni 

A number of the NRC sides are using their various associations to make games into days full of rugby and the Rays aren't wasting time in that respect. They will be combining their opening round match with the Women's Uni 7s competition, in which they have a team as well, trying to bring as many fans to the party as possible.

Greater Sydney Rams

Round 6 vs Fiji, October 7, TG Millner Oval

The Rams lit up the NRC with their Pasifika celebrations last year and this season should be no different, facing off against Fiji this time around, taking things to a new level. The match will also be the end of a triple header at Eastwood, following the Australian Schoolboys clash with New Zealand and the Aussie Barbarians match against Fiji Schools. 


Round 3 vs NSW Country Eagles, September 16, Lawaqa Park

Fiji's inclusion in the NRC made waves when it was announced last year and everyone with an interest in the competition will be eagerly anticipating the event of their first home game. It is the NSW Country Eagles who have the honour of being the first visitors to Fijian shores. 

Canberra Vikings

Round 5 vs Fiji, September 29, Viking Park

It'll be Friday night lights in Canberra for the only time this season, with the Vikings taking on Fiji in prime time. 

Perth Spirit

Round 4 vs Fiji, September 23, Suva

This will be another first for the NRC, with Fiji's first game in Suva sure to be a major highlight of the schedule. The defending champions will be fearsome foes in the first clash in the Fijian capital, with the main game also to be preceded by a Classic Wallabies lineup.

Melbourne Rising

Round 1 vs Perth Spirit, September 3, McGillivray Oval

They've been semi-finalists in every season but never managed to crack the big dance, so an opening round chance to take down the defending champions could be crucial for the Rising.