The Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 schedule has been revealed and it has one major change from this year's successful tournament - a final. The 2020 edition was robbed of a completed schedule when the second Covid-19 lockdown saw the final match between the Blues and Crusaders at Eden Park cancelled.
2021 will kick off with an old fashioned southern derby in a return to Friday night football. The schedule for the second instalment of the domestic competition has been announced, with 10 weeks of New Zealand derbies beginning on Friday February 26, with the Highlanders hosting the Crusaders in Dunedin.
The first round will finish with the Hurricanes entertaining the Blues in Wellington on Saturday February 27, while the Chiefs enjoy the bye in the opening week.
Blues fans will have to wait a bit before they get to see action, with the Blues' first home game at Eden Park coming in round three against the Highlanders.
There is a mixture of matches spread across all three weekend days, with the Blues hosting two popular Sunday afternoon clashes and two Saturday evening games.
The final between the top two sides after 10 weeks will take place on Saturday, May 8, contending the Tū Kōtahi Aotearoa trophy.
Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Competition:
After the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 NZ competition concludes, there will be a Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Competition which will feature 10 Super Rugby clubs, five from New Zealand and five from Australia, playing 25 matches over five weeks before a Final on Saturday 19 June.
The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders will play five matches against the Queensland Reds, NSW Waratahs, Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force including two home matches each in New Zealand.
All teams will also play two away matches, while their fifth will be part of a ‘Super Round' featuring all Round 3 matches being played at one location, over one weekend.
The Final will be played between the top two teams after the five weeks of matches on the combined competition ladder with the team who finished first earning home advantage for the decider.
Below is the Blues Super Rugby Trans Tasman Draw - final dates to be confirmed:
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