2015 NRC Season Preview: Brisbane City

By Matt Findlay There’s no two ways about it, Brisbane City demand favouritism for the 2015 National Rugby Championships, which the side will kick-off on Thursday night against Perth Spirit. Brisbane City claimed last year’s title decisively with a 37-26 victory over Perth Spirit in the final, and after releasing a blockbuster squad ahead of Thursday night’s opening round grand final rematch plenty are suggesting the 2015 title is the reigning champions’ to lose. Of course, what’s on paper rarely tells the full story as Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles said. “On paper, we've probably got stronger names than what we had last year,” he acknowledged. “In saying that, you just never know how much those big names are around for you. “So really, I reckon the [crucial factor] for us is going to be how the new contingent into Brisbane City steps up, we've got more club players in the program this year ... it's a good opportunity for them.” Queensland Reds flanker
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