The National Rugby Championship (NRC) is Australia’s national professional rugby union football competition. Administered by Rugby Australia (Rugby AU) and contested by seven teams from around Australia including one international team from Fiji.

The NRC is the highest tier of rugby below the transnational Super Rugby competition and has been instrumental in creating a clear pathway for up and coming players to transition from their local Club competition to Super Rugby franchises.

The NRC spans over ten weeks and is played over seven rounds. This is followed by the finals rounds consisting of two semi-finals, contested by the top four teams and a grand final to determine the season’s champion team.



Canberra Vikings is a team representing Canberra Rugby. It is comprised of players from the local competition, the John I Dent Cup as well as the Brumbies and Wallabies. 

The team showcases the quality of our local Club players on a national platform; it provides them with the pathway into professional rugby. For this reason Canberra Vikings operates with close ties to the Brumbies to ensure success. 

In 2017 Canberra Vikings proved their strength finishing as the Minor Premiers after the regular NRC season and contested the Grand Final. 

It is a team that performs with professionalism and respect both on and off the field. In 2017 Canberra Vikings Captain, Tom Cusack, was named NRC’s players player, voted by not only his team mates but his NRC opponents.



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