2016 National Rugby Championship

The National Rugby Championship is the leading domestic professional rugby competition in Australia. It started in 2014 in a bid to further develop rugby in the country. It was be sponsored by Buildcorp in 2016.

In a major change from the previous years, there was 8 teams playing in the competition, with the scrapping of the Sydney Stars team. 

With this change there were also a couple of name changes to the Sydney teams. The Rams became the Western Sydney Rams and the Rays became the Sydney Rays.

Teams played each other on a home and away basis. The top 4 teams then played in semi-finals with the winners going on to the final.

In a change from most other rugby competitions around the world, the National Rugby Championship featured a number of Experimental Law Variations. These are all to try to increase the level of entertainment for the viewing public.

In 2016, changes were made to the scoring system.

  • 6 points for a try
  • 2 points for any form of goal kick
  • Bonus point for losing by 8 or less points
  • Bonus point for a winning team that scores 3 or more tries than the opposition


  The teams playing in the 2016 National Rugby Championship were:

  • Brisbane City
  • Perth Spirit
  • Melbourne Rising
  • NSW Country Eagles
  • Sydney Rays
  • Western Sydney Rams
  • Queensland Country
  • University of Canberra Vikings

2016 Points table

NRC Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
NSW Country 7 6 1 280 190 4 28
Sydney Rays 7 6 1 258 174 3 27
Perth Spirit 7 5 2 250 210 2 22
Melbourne Rising 7 3 4 260 262 4 16
University of Canberra Vikings 7 3 4 254 276 3 15
Western Sydney Rams 7 2 5 264 266 5 13
Brisbane City 7 2 5 216 306 1 9
Queensland Country 7 1 6 248 346 3 7


Fixtures and Results

August 27


August 28



September 2

September 3

September 4



September 10


September 11



September 17


September 18



September 24


September 25



October 1

October 2




October 8

October 9




October 15

October 16


October 22

Perth Spirit

NSW Country Eagles

Sydney Rays

Queensland Country


Sydney Rays

Brisbane City

Melbourne Rising

UC Vikings


Western Sydney Rams

Queensland Country

Brisbane City

NSW Country Eagles


Sydney Rays

Melbourne Rising

UC Vikings

Perth Spirit


NSW Country Eagles

Western Sydney Rams

UC Vikings

Brisbane City


Queensland Country

Sydney Rays

Perth Spirit

Melbourne Rising


Western Sydney Rams

UC Vikings

Melbourne Rising

Brisbane City

Semi-finals

NSW Country Eagles

Sydney Rays

Final

NSW Country Eagles

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


v

v


v

Melbourne Rising

Brisbane City

Western Sydney Rams

UC Vikings


Perth Spirit

Western Sydney Rams

Queensland Country

NSW Country Eagles


Perth Spirit

Sydney Rays

UC Vikings

Melbourne Rising


NSW Country Eagles

Bribane City

Western Sydney Rams

Queensland Country


Perth Spirit

Queensland Country

Melbourne Rising

Sydney Rays


NSW Country Eagles

UC Vikings

Brisbane City

Western Sydney Rams


NSW Country Eagles

Perth Spirit

Sydney Rays

Queensland Country


Melbourne Rising

Perth Spirit


Perth Spirit

Perth

Sydney

Sydney

Gold Coast


Sydney

Brisbane

Melbourne

Canberra


Sydney

Gold Coast

Brisbane

Tamworth


Warriewood

Melbourne

Canberra

Perth


Orange

Sydney

Canberra

Brisbane


Toowoomba

Sydney

Perth

Melbourne


Sydney

Canberra

Melbourne

Perth


Newcastle

Warriewood


Tamworth

20

22

50

20


28

44

46

28


24

22

20

32


16

46

22

66


48

50

44

32


40

58

60

30


40

36

32

58


50

24


16

16

12

30

58


8

36

32

60


30

30

52

30


36

28

16

36


24

46

60

38


38

14

22

68


44

42

38

52


24

42


20