A National Club Competition that wouldn’t hurt state based club rugby

By Sam Ryan Momentum behind a club based National Competition appears to be gathering and it makes a lot of sense.  The tribalism that has seen crowds flock to suburban grounds to watch the likes of Warringah, GPS and Norths win grand finals in recent years shows where the hearts of a lot of Australian rugby fans lie.  But how do you fit something like this in around the current club season.  I think we can look to the Northern Hemisphere for help and mimic the format of the Heineken or European Cup.  Here’s how it could work.  Based on the previous seasons results, the top six club sides from Sydney, top four from Brisbane and Canberra and a side from Melbourne and Perth would be placed into four pools. Each side would play three pool matches. The first on the Easter long weekend, the second on the June long weekend and the third on a standalone weekend in July. All three “Cup weekends” would coincide with bye rounds for all club competitions so it woul
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