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Overview

It is the main domestic australian competition. It was born in 2014 to fill the gap between regional tournaments and Super Rugby.
Since 2017 it is played also by the Fiji Warriors.
This new tournament uses experimental rules to encourage offensive play. For example the points assigned during the game are different from usual: a try is worth as usual 5 points but conversion is worth 3 points while drop and penalty kick only 2.

In the past years there were some attempts to create a domestic competition:
  • In 1968 the Wallaby Trophy was created, reserved to the 4 main regional selections: Sydney R.U., New South Wales Country, Queensland and Victoria. In 1975 it was extended with a second division reserved to the other regional selections with a promotion/relegation system. In 1976, though, after a disastrous tour to Australia by Fiji that took ARFU close to bankruptcy, the tournament was abandoned.
  • In 1998 the Ricoh Cup National Championship was created, reserved to the 3 Australian Super 12 teams. It was played 3 times and then abandoned. In 2006 it was revamped as the Australian Provincial Championship, reserved to Australian Super 14 teams, but it was played only once.
  • In 2007 the Australian Rugby Championship was created and played by franchises just like the NRC, but also this tournament was played only once.
To develop rugby outside the main cities of Sydney and Brisbane, in 2000 a new competition, reserved to regional union selections other then New South Wales and Queensland, was created: the Australian Rugby Shield. It was a sort of Wallaby Trophy 2nd division revamping. It was abandoned in 2009 for financial problems.


Honours Roll



Related trophies

Ricoh Cup National Championship
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2000Reds (1)ACT BrumbiesRound Robin 
1999ACT Brumbies (1)RedsRound Robin 
1998Waratahs (1)RedsRound Robin 
TeamTitlesRunners up
Reds12
ACT Brumbies11
Waratahs10
Australian Provincial Championship
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2006Brumbies (1)RedsFinal42-17
TeamTitlesRunners up
Brumbies10
Reds01
Australian Rugby Championship
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2007Central Coast Rays (1)RebelsFinal20-12
TeamTitlesRunners up
Central Coast Rays10
Rebels01
Wallaby Trophy
TeamTitlesRunners up
Sydney R.U.32
New South Wales Country31
Queensland14
Wallaby Trophy - Second Division
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
1976/77Victoria (1)Western AustraliaRound Robin 
1975Australian Capital Territory (1)Western AustraliaFinal26-8
Australian Rugby Shield


Sources

www.rugby.com.au/nrc/Home.aspx - NRC official site.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_Australia - Wikipedia pages about rugby in Australia.
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org