The National Rugby Championship, formally known as the NRC, has been a great concept established by the ARU in showcasing the grassroots and the battlers of the sport of Rugby Union in Australia.
This will be fourth Grand Final of the Championship, with the Canberra Vikings hosting the Queensland Country, and you can enjoy every minute when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the action to a mobile device with a Free trial.
National Rugby Championship 2017
This will be the fourth Grand Final of the NRC. The format is eight games for each side, four at home and four away. From then, the top four sides play in the Semi Finals and the winner of each of those play in the Grand Final to claim bragging rights over the other teams for the next 12 months. The most successful side in the short history has been Brisbane City with two Grand Final wins. This will be the first Grand Final appearance for Queensland Country while the Vikings finished runner up in 2015.
It’s quite fitting that the two best sides in the competition will square off in the Final. They topped the regular season standings and were the better sides in their respective Semi Finals. The Vikings beat the Perth Spirit in a high scoring game, winning 40-35, with Wharenui Hawera being the star, scoring a trying and kicking 5/6. As for the Country, they were far too classy for the fairytale story, the Fijian Drua, drubbing them 57-21. Caled Timu, Duncan Paia’aua and Taniela Tupou all bagged doubles in the romp. Their outside backs are fast, and powerful, so that is something the Vikings defence will need to be watchful of.
When: Saturday 11 November at 8.30pm (AEDT)
Where: Viking Park, Canberra
LIVE TV: Fox Sports 501 (No Ad Breaks)
Shown as Sydney Australia time, adjust for regional differences. NRC Final TV replays available on Fox Sports at times to be announced.
NRC Final Live Streaming and Free Trial
You won’t find this year’s NRC Final on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports 501 (Foxtel) will provide the most complete LIVE coverage of this unique local rugby championship, including an opportunity to watch the NRC Final live online. Fox Sports will also televise the Wallabies vs Wales (Nov. 12) and other popular sport.
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National Rugby Championship Broadcast Guide
Use this guide to determine what time the NRC Final kick offs in your location. For example, if the event starts at 8.30pm in Melbourne, it will be broadcast at 8.00pm in Darwin and at 5.30pm in Perth. Due to licensing agreement, there will be no televising of the NRC Final free to Air in Australia.
Sydney, NSW: 8.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 8.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 8.00pm
Newcastle, NSW: 8.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 8.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 7.30pm
Gold Coast, QLD: 7.00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 7.00pm
Darwin, NT: 6.30pm
Perth, WA: 5.00pm