Rugby in 2011 is set for its biggest year ever, with Super Rugby expanding to a fifteen team competition across three nations, and the Rugby World Cup kicking-off in New Zealand on September 9th.
The Rugby World Cup is to be held in New Zealand, with games across the North and South Islands commencing on September 9th and the the Final on October 23rd in Auckland. Both the opening game and the final are to be played at Eden Park in Auckland.
The Rugby World Cup 2011 Pools are as follows:
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|New Zealand||Romania||Russia||South Africa|
The Tri Nations rugby competition usually runs from the middle of July right through to late September. However, with the Rugby World Cup to be held in 2011, the Tri Nations competition has been compressed into a tune-up for the World Cup.
The Tri-Nations consists of the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies, who each play two matches against one another to determine who will hold the Tri-nations trophy. Each team will play two games at home.
The Wallabies will play Samoa on July 17th in their first international game of 2011.
Rugby in 2011
Super Rugby 2011 – Super Rugby draw 2011
International rugby takes a back-seat in the first half of 2011, as the attention focuses on the Super Rugby tournament between teams from Australia (Waratahs, Reds, Brumbies, Force, and Rebels) New Zealand (Crusaders, Chiefs, Highlanders, Blues, and Hurricanes) and South Africa (Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Cheetahs, and Stormers).
The Super Rugby finals commence from Friday 24 June and Saturday 25 June with the Final to be played on Saturday, July 9th. The top three teams from each conference win a spot in the finals series, with the three teams with the most points.