Rugby Union

Waratahs to host Hurricanes in trans-Tasman Super Rugby opener

The full fixture for next year's trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition has been unveiled with the Waratahs to host the Hurricanes on May 14 at a venue to be confirmed.

The 26-game tournament will see each of the 10 teams play two home and two away matches, with the location of the Super Round – in which all teams will play in one location on the weekend of May 29 – also yet to be announced.

The Waratahs are yet to announce venues for their 2021 trans-Tasman Super Rugby fixtures.Credit:Getty

The tournament opens with the Highlanders hosting the Reds in Dunedin at 5.05pm on Friday, May 14 before the Waratahs face the Hurricanes a few hours later.

The Crusaders and Brumbies, Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU champions respectively, kick off a triple-header the following day in what could be an early preview of the June 19 final before the Rebels host the Blues and the Western Force face the Chiefs.

That final will not necessarily feature a team each from Australia and New Zealand, with the top two teams on the combined competition ladder to do battle in a winner-takes-all showdown.

The nomadic Waratahs, who are awaiting the completion of the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment, played matches at the SCG, Lottoland and Bankwest Stadium as well as Wollongong and Newcastle during the unique 2020 Super Rugby and Super Rugby AU season.

All 26 matches in the tournament will be live on Stan Sport in 2021, and a selected Australian match of the round will also be shown live free-to-air on the Nine Network.

Trans-Tasman Super Rugby draw

All matches live on Stan Sport, times AEST

Round One

  • Highlanders v Queensland Reds, Friday 14 May, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 5:05pm
  • NSW Waratahs v Hurricanes, Friday 14 May, TBC, 7:45pm
  • Crusaders v Brumbies, Saturday 15 May, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 5:05pm
  • Melbourne Rebels v Blues, Saturday 15 May, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 7:45pm
  • Western Force v Chiefs, Saturday 15 May, HBF Park, Perth, 9:55pm

Round Two 

  • Hurricanes v Melbourne Rebels, Friday 21 May, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 5:05pm
  • Western Force v Highlanders, Friday 21 May, HBF Park, Perth, 7:45pm
  • Blues v NSW Waratahs, Saturday 22 May, Eden Park, Auckland, 2:35pm
  • Chiefs v Brumbies, Saturday 22 May, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, 5:05pm
  • Queensland Reds v Crusaders, Saturday 22 May, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 7:45pm

Round Three – Super Round

  • Brumbies v Blues
  • Hurricanes v Western Force
  • Melbourne Rebels v Highlanders
  • Queensland Reds v Chiefs
  • NSW Waratahs v Crusaders

Round Four

  • Crusaders v Western Force, Friday 4 June, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 5:05pm
  • Queensland Reds v Blues, Friday 4 June, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 7:45pm
  • Chiefs v Melbourne Rebels, Saturday 5 June, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, 2:35pm
  • Highlanders v NSW Waratahs, Saturday 5 June, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 5:05pm
  • Brumbies v Hurricanes, Saturday 5 June, GIO Stadium, Canberra, 7:45pm

Round Five

  • Hurricanes v Queensland Reds, Friday 11 June, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 5:05pm
  • Brumbies v Highlanders, Friday 11 June, GIO Stadium, Canberra, 7:45pm
  • Melbourne Rebels v Crusaders, Saturday 12 June, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 2:35pm
  • Blues v Western Force, Saturday 12 June, Eden Park, Auckland, 5:05pm
  • NSW Waratahs v Chiefs, Saturday 12 June, TBC, 7:45pm

Final

  • Saturday 19 June 2021

The 2014 champions are also yet to announce venues for the domestic season which begins on February 19.

All matches will be broadcast on the new Stan Sport service, owned by Nine, publisher of this masthead.

"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," Rugby Australia interim chief executive Rob Clarke said.

"It's a brand-new competition which will generate renewed excitement and reignite 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.

"I'd again like to thank Mark Robinson and his team at New Zealand Rugby for working so closely with us and I can't wait to see it kick off in 2021."

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