The five-week Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition kicks off on May 14 in Dunedin when the Highlanders host the QLD Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The Highlanders and Crusaders will be at home in Round 1 with the Hurricanes, Blues and Chiefs heading across the Tasman for the start of a tournament that will see New Zealand’s five Super Rugby clubs square off against the Reds, NSW Waratahs, Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.
All 25 regular season matches will be live and exclusive on Sky TV in New Zealand and on Stan/Channel 9 in Australia.
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The final between the two top-placed teams on the combined competition table is scheduled for Saturday, 19 June.
The draw includes two family-friendly 4.35pm afternoon matches in New Zealand with the Blues hosting the Waratahs at Eden Park in Round 2, and the Chiefs playing the Rebels at FMG Stadium Waikato in Round 4.
As previously announced, Round 3 will feature a Super Round with all matches being played at one venue. NZR and Rugby Australia will announce venues and other details for the Super Round in due course.
NZR General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said it was great to have certainty around venue and kick off times heading into Christmas.
“When you see the weekly match ups you realise how compelling the competition will be and I think it’s something that will capture the imagination of fans and players on both sides of the Tasman.
“We’ll get a chance to see all the teams in action in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU and there will be a lot of intrigue in how they measure up to each other when Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman kicks off.”
Rugby Australia Interim Chief Executive, Rob Clarke said: “The confirmation of the draw is another step in the right direction for our game and it’s exciting to see all the pieces come together.
“It’s a brand-new competition which will generate renewed excitement and re-ignite many historic rivalries.
“The Super Round is a fantastic and innovative addition; we will shortly be launching a host selection process and I have no doubt it will become one of the hottest tickets in town.”
Tex Teixeira, Sky Chief Content Officer said: “Sky is rugby’s number one fan and we’re grateful to be alongside the team putting together a competition we know will be keenly appreciated by New Zealanders. Following on from Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa and, all things going to plan, having international fixtures for the All Blacks and domestic competitions as well, the calendar is looking very impressive.”
The full 2021 Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman draw is *
Round 1 Highlanders v Reds, Friday 14 May, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 7:05pm Waratahs v Hurricanes, Friday 14 May, TBC, 9:45pm Crusaders v Brumbies, Saturday 15 May, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 7:05pm Rebels v Blues, Saturday 15 May, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 9:45pm Force v Chiefs, Saturday 15 May, HBF Park, Perth, 11:55pm
Round 2 Hurricanes v Rebels, Friday 21 May, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7:05pm Force v Highlanders, Friday 21 May, HBF Park, Perth, 9:45pm Blues v Waratahs, Saturday 22 May, Eden Park, Auckland, 4:35pm Chiefs v Brumbies, Saturday 22 May, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, 7:05pm Reds v Crusaders, Saturday 22 May, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 9:45pm
Round 3 – Super Round** Brumbies v Blues Hurricanes v Force Rebels v Highlanders Reds v Chiefs Waratahs v Crusaders