2015 NRC Preview: Part 1 – Melbourne Rising, Perth Spirit, UC Vikings

By Matt Findlay With the 2015 National Rugby Championship just over a week away, Rugby News begins its season previews with a look at the Melbourne Rising, Perth Spirit and UC Vikings. Melbourne Rising - 2014 Semi-finalists After securing the inaugural National Rugby Championship (NRC) minor premiership in 2014, Melbourne Rising’s bid for the major title fell agonisingly short. The Rising were trumped 46-29 by the Perth Spirit in their semi-final last season, but after Melbourne’s 2015 squad announcement last week punters are suggesting head coach Zane Hilton has compiled another group capable of pushing for a title. Hilton’s squad includes 13 Melbourne Rebels-contracted players, along with representatives from all nine sides competing in the Dewar Shield – Melbourne’s premier club competition. Fifteen of last year’s minor title winning squad have returned. Wallabies allocations Tom English, Luke Jones and Sean McMahon will be joined in the squad by fellow Australian
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