Details of a trans-Tasman competition will be unveiled soon, according to NZ Rugby, which released its draw for next year’s Super Rugby Aotearoa season.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed it is working closely with Rugby Australia on a trans-Tasman competition while it released the schedule of its 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season, which will include a one-off final.
The domestic rugby competition will commence on February 26 when the Highlanders welcome the inaugural winners, the Crusaders.
The Hurricanes face the Blues the following day with the Chiefs having a bye in the opening round of the five-team competition.
The 21-games of the 2021 season will culminate with the final on May 8.
New Zealand set up Super Rugby Aotearoa this year after the broader Super Rugby championship was abandoned because of the COVID-19 crisis.
“We saw how exciting this home and away format was last year, and all five teams now know what’s required to compete and win every week,” NZR general manager professional rugby & performance Chris Lendrum said in a statement.
“With the availability of the All Blacks locked in for round one there are going to be fireworks from the opening whistle. It’s fantastic to have some certainty for fans, players and partners after what’s been a year of uncertainty.”
Lendrum also said details of a trans-Tasman competition would be announced shortly.