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Thursday 21st August 09:30 GMT


The opening match of the National Rugby Championship takes place on Thursday at Ballymore Stadium when Brisbane City play host to the Sydney Stars.

The Stars have names Wallabies Peter Betham and Paddy Ryan in their starting XV, to play at fullback and tight head prop respectively. The team also contains a number of Waratahs Super Rugby players as well. Jeremy Tilse plays at loose head, with the side captained by flanker Pat McCutcheon.

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Michael Hodge will play at centre, as Tom Carter requires surgery after breaking both hands turning out in Sydney University’s semi-final loss to Southern Districts ten days ago.

Sydney Stars Uni plays a big role in the fixture, with players across the park for the Stars and prop Sam Talakai packing down at tight head for Brisbane City. While ex-Student and Queensland Red Dave McDuling is in the second row and skippering the side and another ex-Uni front rower, Matt Mafi, on the bench.

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Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles has 11 players from the St.George Queensland Reds squad in his 23 man match day squad, including seven with Super Rugby experience. The rest team draws on players from Queensland Premier Grade Rugby, with the 2014 Finalists University of Queensland and Sunnybank dominating selections.

Tags: National Rugby Championship, Ballymore Stadium, Jeremy Tilse, Michael Hodge, Sydney Stars, Brisbane City, Nick Stiles
Posted: 21st August 2014

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