NSW rivalry returns for NRC 4/07/2018 By NSW Waratahs Media unit Traditional rivalry returns to New South Wales rugby in September following confirmation of the 2018 National Rugby Championship (NRC) draw today.The State’s two representative teams in this year’s competition, Sydney and NSW Country will square off in a blockbuster derby at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday 19 September and the game will be televised live on FOX Sports.The derby is one of four home games for Sydney, who will also play matches at Woollahra Oval, Woollahra and Concord Oval in the city’s inner west.NSW Country will take their four home games to Mudgee, Armidale, Camden and Tamworth.NSW Waratahs Assistant Coach (Forwards), Simon Cron, said the NRC was an important competition on the rugby calendar. Cron progressed through the Australian coaching system, having been in charge of the 2017 Junior Wallabies, 2016 Shute Shield champions Northern Suburbs, and NRC side Sydney. “The NRC provides a pathway for players, coaches and support staff. I have come through club rugby and NRC, and now obviously in Super Rugby. The more coaching you do the better you become as a coach so each level gives players and coaches new experiences and challenges to grow from. “This year it will further develop into a strong representative competition where you will have the best players coming out of club rugby combining with Super Rugby players to give us some quality rugby,” Cron said. “And with NSW having two representative sides in the competition this year, it will spark some of the traditional rivalries between Sydney and NSW Country,” he added.The selection criteria for both teams is in line with the goal of providing opportunities for all players.NSW Waratahs General Manager said the criteria is simple, acknowledging the origin of players while recognising and rewarding talented club players and age grade representatives.“We want to see our best players in all positions representing our teams, which will not only add to the competition for selection amongst players but also help the coaches play the strongest match 23 every week,” Rapp said.FOX SPORTS is the only place to watch every game of the NRC with no ad-breaks during play. Two games per week will be broadcast on TV, with the remaining two games available to stream LIVE via foxsports.com.au/live and the FOX SPORTS App.To see the full draw, click HERE.