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New national rugby comp forces overhaul of Canberra comp

Canberra club rugby officials met on Wednesday to discuss the future of the capital in the new National Rugby Championships and how it will affect their futures.

The Australian Rugby Union announced on Tuesday a domestic competition would begin in 2014 with teams from Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

The new competition will force the ACT Rugby Union to overhaul its premier division season. Instead of finishing in September, the John I Dent Cup season has been cut to just 12 games, with the grand final on August 9.

In previous years, the John I Dent Cup season featured 18 games with every team playing each other three times. The NRC is expected to start on August 23.

Details for the Canberra team will be finalised in the coming weeks with submissions to the ARU closing on January 13.

Teams could cost up to $300,000-$400,000 to run.

''All the details have to be worked through,'' outgoing ACT Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan said.

''You'd want the team closely aligned to the Super Rugby high-performance unit to take advantage of that.

''There are variety of models, we just have to make sure we've got a model in Canberra that works economically but equally provides the best talent development outcome.''

The Australian Rugby Championship lasted just one season in 2007 before the ARU scrapped it because it lost $5 million.

The Canberra Vikings played in the ARC and hosted home games at Manuka Oval.

''The financial model is different this time,'' Fagan said.

''It will still require some investing, but the players union understands how critical this is in the development of the game and understand this can't be weighed down by heavy player payments.''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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