NRC: 2017 Brisbane City squad announced

The Queensland Rugby Union today announced the Brisbane City squad and coaching staff for the 2017 National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Seventeen players have been selected directly from Queensland Premier Rugby, with all nine clubs represented.

The announcement comes ahead of the first round of Queensland Premier Rugby finals, with 21 Brisbane City players in action this Sunday as Sunnybank and Wests clash in the minor semi-final, while University of Queensland and GPS will go head-to-head in the major semi-final.

The squad also features 18 players with Super Rugby experience and 18 returning Brisbane City players from last season.


There are also five capped Test players including Wallabies allocated players Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt, along with Kane Douglas, Samu Kerevi and Nick Frisby.

University of Queensland Premier Grade head coach Mick Heenan will guide Brisbane City for the first time, having coached the Premier Rugby powerhouse since 2009.

Under Heenan’s direction UQ has competed in the Queensland Premier Rugby finals every year since 2010 and has won the title three times. More recently, UQ finished the 2017 season as minor premiers, lifting the Horsley Cup for the second-straight season.

“It’s a really good blend of some old hard heads like Dan Gorman and some young exciting talent. Reece Hewat is young guy that I’m particularly excited about,” Heenan said.

“I’m happy with the players we’ve got from the professional environment. I think there’s some blokes who had a good Reds’ season and some that haven’t made it on the field but have had good seasons playing for their clubs.

“You’re always looking for ways to improve your coaching skill set. The NRC provides the opportunity to work with both professional players and the best from club, so I’m excited for the challenge.”

Heenan will be assisted in the role by GPS’ assistant coach Elwee Prinsloo, who was assistant coach of the Perth Spirit side that finished as runner-up to Nick Stiles’ Brisbane City in 2015, before claiming the 2016 NRC title.

Now entering its fourth year, the NRC is an exciting brand of Rugby featuring eight teams from across the country and for the first time ever, a team from Fiji.

Brisbane City are the competition’s most successful side, winning the inaugural competition in 2014 before defending its with an undefeated run in 2015.

The 2017 season will kick off at Ballymore Stadium with Brisbane City hosting the Fijian team on Saturday 2 September, at 3:00pm.

For the first time in 2017, Brisbane City will take some of its home matches out to local clubs. University of Queensland will host Brisbane City v Canberra Vikings on 16 September and Wests’ new Sci-Fleet Stadium will host Brisbane City v Melbourne Rising on 14 October.

2017 Brisbane City NRC squad

Name

Age

Club

PROPS

Markus Vanzati

22

Reds/Souths

Sam Talakai

25

Reds/Brothers

Laione Mulikihaamea

28

GPS

Salesi Manu

26

Bond University

Feao Fotuaika

24

Sunnybank

HOOKERS

Tonga Ma’afu

25

Norths

Andrew Ready

24

Reds/Easts

Maile Ngauamo

23

Souths

LOCKS

Kane Douglas

28

Reds/Norths

Lukhan Tui

21

Reds/Souths

Daniel Gorman

29

GPS

Michael Richards

24

GPS

BACKROW

Adam Korczyk

22

Reds/University of Queensland

Michael Gunn

22

Reds/Easts

Reece Hewat

19

Reds/Norths

Jeremiah Lynch

23

Wests

Mitch King

26

GPS

Pat Morrey

21

University of Queensland

Jack De Guingand

25

University of Queensland

SCRUMHALVES

Nick Frisby

24

Reds/GPS

Moses Sorovi

21

Reds/University of Queensland

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa

21

Sunnybank

FLYHALVES

Quade Cooper (Wallabies allocated player)

29

Reds/Souths

James Dalgleish

22

University of Queensland

AJ Alatimu

24

GPS

CENTRES

Alex Horan

20

University of Queensland

Henry Taefu

24

Reds/Sunnybank

Samu Kerevi

23

Reds/Souths

OUTSIDE BACKS

Karmichael Hunt (Wallabies allocated player)

30

Reds/Norths

Maalonga Konelio

27

GPS

Chris Kuridrani

25

Reds/GPS

Jayden Ngamanu

19

Reds/Souths

Lachlan Maranta

25

Reds/Wests

Ed Fidow

23

Wests

Junior Laloifi

22

Sunnybank