Otago Daily Times

2021 tournament launched


SYDNEY: Super Rugby AU will continue as a domestic competitio­n in 2021 with plans afoot for a postseason crossover competitio­n with New Zealand teams.

Featuring the five Australian teams, the competitio­n opens on February 19 and will be played over 12 weekends with the final on May 8.

In a repeat of this year’s finals format, won by the Brumbies, the team that finishes top after 10 rounds will host the final against the winner of a qualifying final between second and third.

A Saturday night match will be broadcast live on Rugby Australia’s new broadcast partner Nine Entertainm­ent, while the other matches will be shown on its streaming service Stan Sports, in a deal announced this week.

With Super Rugby to be shown on freetoair for the first time, rugby heavyweigh­ts

Queensland and NSW dominate those matches, featuring in all but one round.

In the draw announced yesterday, Queensland will host the Waratahs at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in the seasonopen­er, followed later that night by the Western Force and Brumbies in Perth, with the Rebels having a firstround bye.

‘‘Super Rugby AU was terrific in 2020 and will get better next year as this next crop of Australian rugby stars continue to develop, and they are complement­ed by some genuinely talented internatio­nal players who have since arrived on our shores,’’ Rugby Australia boss Rob Clarke said in a statement.

Details of the postseason competitio­n with New Zealand following its own domestic competitio­n, Super Rugby Aotearoa, are expected to be announced shortly. — AAP

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