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.
The Crusaders had already locked away the new trophy the previous weekend with a victory over the Highlanders. Next season's tournament will see the top two sides meet to decide the champions.
2021 will kick off with an old fashioned southern derby in a return to Friday night football.
The schedule for the second installment 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.
The Waikato franchise will begin their campaign in round two against the Highlanders in Hamilton.
There is a mixture of matches spread across all three weekend days, maintaining the popular Sunday afternoon clashes that returned in 2020.
The final between the top two sides after 10 weeks will take place on Saturday, May 8, contending the Tū Kōtahi Aotearoa trophy.
Next year's competition will build on the foundation of the 2020 tournament laid. We saw how exciting this home and away format was ... all five teams now know what's required to compete and win every week. With the availability of the All Blacks locked in for round one there are going to be fireworks from the opening whistle.
Experience Group are delighted to announce a variety of Chiefs hospitality packages at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton for their 2021 home games.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman 2021 Chiefs Draw:
The Chiefs will host the Brumbies and the Rebels at home:
Chiefs v Brumbies: Sat 22 May 2021, 7.05pm KO
Chiefs v Rebels: Sat 5 June 2021, 4.35pm KO
For further enquiries for all your hospitality needs contact:
North Island - Bryan Donnelly - email@example.com or 021 848 411
South Island - Mike Owens - firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 689 142