Vikings open gates for free NRC grand final

Canberra Vikings v Perth Spirit in National Rugby Championship semi-final.
Vikings celebrate.
Photo: Jamila Toderas
Canberra Vikings v Perth Spirit in National Rugby Championship semi-final. Vikings celebrate. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The Canberra Vikings will throw open the gates and offer free tickets to anyone who wants to watch their National Rugby Championship grand final in the hope of luring a massive crowd to Viking Park.

The Vikings will play against Queensland Country in the grand final on Saturday night as the club chases its first NRC title.

Club officials met on Tuesday to discuss the game and decided to cut ticket prices for the marquee match of the season.

The team was also boosted when skipper Tom Cusack (neck) and prop Faalelei Sione (collarbone) were cleared of major injuries and made available for selection this weekend.

But ACT Brumbies skipper Sam Carter will still be unavailable after joining the Barbarians in Europe, opening the door for Dean Oakman-Hunt to fill the second-row void.

Meanwhile, Wests junior Brodie Leber will make his Australian debut at the Oceania Sevens in Suva this weekend.

Leber is one of six players at their first series, with coach Andy Friend opting to throw in fresh blood after Australia won the Silicon Valley sevens last weekend.

NRC GRAND FINAL

Saturday: Canberra Vikings v Queensland Country at Viking Park, 7.30pm. Entry is free.

This story Vikings open gates for free NRC grand final first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.