RD 1: Canberra Vikings v Queensland Country Viking Park, Canberra | Saturday 2nd September | Kick Off 3:00pm

Round 1 - Away

Bond University Queensland Country v Canberra Vikings

Bond University Queensland Country head coach Brad Thorn has named his side for their Round 1 National Rugby Championship clash against the Canberra Vikings this Saturday, 2 September, at Viking Park.

The side features 11 capped St.George Queensland Reds, including captain Duncan Paia’aua, 17 returning Queensland Country representatives, as well as seven players with ties to regional Queensland.




1. Sef Fa’agase - University of Queensland, Beaudesert

2. Alex Mafi - Bond University, Mt. Isa

3. Fred Burke - GPS

4. Izack Rodda (VC) - Easts

5. Harry Hockings* - University of Queensland, Bowen

6. Angus Scott-Young - University of Queensland

7. Liam Wright - Easts

8. Caleb Timu* – Souths

9. James Tuttle - GPS

10. Hamish Stewart* - Bond University, Toowoomba

11. Eto Nabuli - GPS

12. Duncan Paia’aua (C) - Norths, Rockhampton

13. Chris Feauai-Sautia - Souths

14. Izaia Perese - Easts

15. Patrick James*** – Brothers


16. Alex Casey - Souths

17. Richie Asiata - Easts

18. Taniela Tupou - Brothers

19. Angus Blyth** - Bond University, Gold Coast

20. Ted Postal - Brothers, Townsville

21. Scott Malolua - Souths

22. Teti Tela - Souths

23. Veresa Mataitini** - Norths

*Denotes NRC and Queensland Country debut

**Denotes potential NRC and Queensland Country debut

***Denotes Queensland Country debut

Recent Wallaby debutant and vice-captain Izack Rodda will start at lock with former Bowen Mudcrab’s junior Harry Hockings, who will make his NRC and Queensland Country debut.

Reds Number 8 Caleb Timu will also make his NRC and Queensland Country debut, joined by Australian U20s representatives Liam Wright and Angus Scott-Young in the backrow.

"Round 1 is a tough first game with the Vikings away, it will be a solid test against a side with a lot of Brumbies squad members." - HEAD COACH, BRAD THORN




The original City v Country clash is back and better than ever. Held at Noosa Dolphins RFC, this mate-v-mate match up is going to be the real test of Queensland Rugby. Kick off is at 1:00pm on Saturday the 9th of September. Entry to this match is free.

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