Brisbane City NRC

NRC: Brisbane City Preview

NRC: Brisbane City Preview

Today, we have a closer look at Brisbane City as we continue our series previewing teams for this year’s inaugural National Rugby Championship.

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Brisbane City jersey

Brisbane City is one of two Queensland teams who will compete in this year’s National Rugby Championship.  Brisbane City will train at Ballymore Stadium along with the other Queensland team, Queensland Country.  Brisbane City will play its home games at Ballymore Stadium, with one match to be played at Suncorp Stadium as the curtain raiser to the Qantas Wallabies v All Blacks Test Match in Brisbane.  

Brisbane City will wear a yellow and blue uniform, with a crest featuring the traditional Brisbane City Hall logo inside the iconic Queensland Rugby ‘Q’ on the chest of the jersey.

Head Coach

Nick Stiles has been appointed as head coach of Brisbane City and will be joined by assistant coaches Pat Richards and Rob Seib.  Stiles played 96 caps for Queensland between 1997-2005 an 12 caps for the Wallabies between 2001-2002.

Coaching Career:

2005-2007: Director of coaching at the University of Queensland.

2007-2010: Coaching consultant and Forwards Coach for Japanese Top League club Kubota Spears.

2010-2013: Forwards coach of the Western Force

2014: Forwards coach of the Queensland Reds

Staff

Head Coach: Nick Stiles

Assistant coaches: Pat Richards and Rod Seib

Skills coach: Shane Arnold

Team analyst: Liam Gooley

Physiotherapist: Nigel Smith

Team Manager: Michael Grice

Strength and conditioning: Henry Gilbert

Strength and conditioning assistant: Matt Winkley

Media Manager: Tom Kennedy

Player Profiles

Curtis Browning

Representative Honours: Queensland Schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys, Reds Under 20s, Reds A, Australian Under 20s, Queensland Reds

During his schoolboy career Curtis Browning totalled the second most caps in Australian Schools history (10).  He has transitioned into Super Rugby smoothly, featuring heavily in the back half of the 2014 season.

After making his debut for the Reds in 2013, Browning has added another 10 Queensland caps to his tally in 2014 and has impressed with his strong ball carries and proficient work at the breakdown.

Samu Kerevi

Perhaps the most exciting prospect to be identified in the Reds’ 2014 Super Rugby campaign, Samu Kerevi made the rest of the Super Rugby world sit up and take notice in his starting debut for the Reds against the Western Force in round 18.

Kerevi was strong with ball in hand against the Force, as he busted tackles, made line breaks and dished offloads with relative ease.

The GPS outside centre will be one of the players to watch in this year’s NRC and if his play in Reds colours earlier this season is anything to go by, his time in the yellow jersey of Brisbane City is sure to be action-packed.

Squad

Curtis Browning (Flanker) (Captain)
Tim Buchanan (Lock/Back Row)
Quade Cooper (Flyhalf)
Sef Faagase (Prop)
David Feao (Prop)
Matthew Feaunati (Wing/Fullback)
Nick Frisby (Halfback)
Will Genia (Halfback)
Michael Gunn (Flanker)
James Hanson (Hooker)
James Horwill (Lock)
Samu Kerevi (Centre)
Phil Kite (Prop)
Adam Korczyk (Lock)
Marco Kotze (Flanker/Lock)
Chris Kuridrani (Centre/Wing)
Junior Laloifi (Wing)
Matthew Mafi (Hooker)
Chazz Mahina (Flanker)
Dave McDuling (Lock)
Jake McIntyre (Flyhalf)
Jack Mullins (Halfback)
Pettowa Paraka (Prop)
Harry Parker (Wing)
Andrew Ready (Hooker)
Sam Rochester (Back Row)
Jake Schatz (Number 8)
Semise (Sam) Talakai (Prop)
Ben Tapuai (Centre)
Rex Tapuai (Centre)
Will Thompson (Halfback)
Lachie Turner (Wing)
Brando Va’aulu (Wing/Fullback)
Toby White (Centre)
Brad Wilkin (Flanker)

For more information about Brisbane City go to: http://www.redsrugby.com.au/NRC/BrisbaneCity.aspx

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