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Aussie rivals clash week one as Super Rugby Pacific 2024 draw revealed

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15th August, 2023

The 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season will kick off with a grand final re-match between the Crusaders and Chiefs on February 23 with opening round including a clash between Queensland Reds and the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.

Melbourne will again host Super Round – in round 2 – while other special events are planned for Kids Round in round 5 and Culture Round in round 12. Anzac Day will be honoured in Round 10.

The Fijian Drua will again play their seven home games in Fiji and Moana Pasifika is currently exploring oportunities to host fixtures in Samoa and other destinations across the Pacific. 


The 2024 draw sees the 12 teams playing 14 matches during the regular season, consisting of 11 round robin matches and three additional rivalry clashes, followed by an eight-team finals series. 

“Super Rugby Pacific continues to set the bar as the most entertaining professional club competition in the world and it’s exciting to launch the draw for 2024,” Super Rugby Pacific Tournament Director Matt Barlow said in a statement. 

Scott Barrett holds the Super Rugby Pacific trophy as the Crusaders celebrate after winning the Super Rugby Pacific Final match between Chiefs and Crusaders at FMG Stadium Waikato, on June 24, 2023, in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Scott Barrett holds the Super Rugby Pacific trophy. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

“The 84-match regular season showcases the fastest and most free-flowing rugby on the planet with world class talent on show across the squads.” 


“As we enter the third year of Super Rugby Pacific it’s exciting to see how far the competition has come, how fans have engaged, how law variations have improved the flow of the game, and how richly the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika have enhanced the tournament.” 

“The announcement of the match schedule and venues for the 2024 edition of the Super Rugby Pacific tournament will allow fans to plan their attendance and get set to follow their favourite teams and players.”

“We will once again see matches played in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand, whilst we continue to work with our teams in potentially confirming matches in other countries throughout the Pacific region.” 

“Super Rugby Pacific 2024 promises to be the most competitive and most engaging competition ever seen and I can’t wait for kick off.” 

How the Aussie teams fared

ACT Brumbies

The Brumbies will kick off their 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season on Friday 23 February against the Rebels in Melbourne.
Stephen Larkham’s side will return to Melbourne for Super Round after the tournament’s opening weekend, with the Brumbies taking on the Western Force for their first home game in Canberra on Saturday 9 March at 2:35pm.
The draw will see the Brumbies play seven games at home, including clashes against traditional rivals, the NSW Waratahs on Saturday 6 April, the Hurricanes on 27 April and the Crusaders on 18 May, the games against the ‘Canes and last season’s champions both being Saturday 2:35pm kick offs.
Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies head coach, Stephen Larkham said: “We’re pleased to have the draw now and we’re already excited for the season ahead.”
“To have seven exciting games at home, three afternoon kick offs, it’s great for our members and fans.
“From the team’s perspective, the competition is extremely competitive and we’ll want to get off to a good start as always so all of our attention now will be on Friday 23 February against the Rebels in Melbourne.”

Nick Frost of the Brumbies

(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


Western Force

The Force, who enjoyed an imposing 5-1 home record in front of the Sea of Blue in Simon Cron’s first campaign as Head Coach in 2023, will play three of their first five games at HBF Park as they bid for a return to the finals for the first time since 2021.

In a further boost, the Force will not leave Australia in the opening five rounds, with trips to Melbourne and Canberra in Rounds 2 and 3, before hosting the Moana Pasifika on Friday 15 March and the Reds on Saturday 23 March in Rounds 4 and 5 respectively.

“We loved playing at home in front of our loyal fans, the Sea of Blue, in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season and we cannot wait to get out in front of them again in 2024,” Cron said.

“As a team we worked hard to on a lot of our foundation skills during 2023, as well as continuing to develop our team’s rugby brains on and off the field. The progression in these areas, as well as our on-field leadership, is starting to show through in trainings and meetings. The player group we have here are a great bunch of humans who are driven to learn, get better and push each other.”


New Force recruit and decorated Wallabies scrum-half Nic White is among the players who could make their Club Super Rugby debuts in the season opener against the Hurricanes, along with outside back Harry Potter, back-rower Will Harris and Wallabies fly-half Ben Donaldson.

There will be three home games against Australian opposition (Reds, Waratahs and Brumbies) and two against New Zealand opposition (Hurricanes and Crusaders) plus the Moana and the Fijian Drua.

Queensland Reds

Suncorp Stadium is set to host seven blockbuster Queensland Reds matches next year.
Three Kiwi powerhouses will travel to Brisbane, with the Chiefs, Highlanders and Blues back on Queensland soil.
The Reds kick off their season at home against their historical rivals the New South Wales Waratahs, with Queensland out to regain the Bob Templeton Cup in a huge Saturday night fixture at Suncorp Stadium.
A Super Round clash against the Hurricanes follows, before last year’s Grand Finalists the Chiefs travel to Brisbane to face the Reds in Round 3.
Queensland are away the next two weeks against Australian counterparts the Rebels and Force in Melbourne and Perth respectively.
Round 6 sees the Reds host their fierce rivals the Brumbies in an Easter Saturday contest at Suncorp Stadium, before the Reds are on the road again against Moana Pasifika.
Back-to-back home clashes with New Zealand opposition follow as the Highlanders and Blues descend on Suncorp Stadium in Rounds 9 and 10.
A third Trans-Tasman opponent is Queensland’s next challenge, with the Reds travelling across the ditch to take on the reigning premiers the Crusaders the following round.
A Friday night return bout against the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium awaits in Round 12, before Queensland head to Fiji for the second straight season to take on the Drua.
The Reds host the Western Force on Saturday of Round 14 in what is the final regular season fixture at Suncorp Stadium, with a clash against the Waratahs rounding out Queensland’s campaign before a three-week finals series.

Melbourne Rebels

The Melbourne Rebels will launch their new season at home for the first time since 2018 as part of a two-week home stand to kickoff their 2024 campaign.

After opening their new season against the Brumbies on Friday night (February 23), the Rebels play host to the Western Force on day one of Super Round Melbourne’s three-day rugby extravaganza ( March 1), before welcoming back the Queensland Reds for the first time since last year’s thrilling 40-34 win, with a Round 4 clash on March 15.


Among the highlights at The Stockade are three New Zealand blockbusters including a Saturday night clash against the Highlanders (April 13), and two electric Friday night matchups against heavyweights, the Blues (May 3) and last year’s Grand Finalists, the Chiefs (May 17).

The Rebels will also have the honour of hosting the Fijian Drua (April 6) for just the second time in Club history in a matchup that will bring out the colour and excitement of the wider Victorian rugby community which holds a strong Fijian presence.

NSW Waratahs

The Tahs kick off their 150th celebrations with a game against their old foe, Queensland.

NSW Waratahs CEO Paul Doorn said, “2024 marks 10 years since the NSW Waratahs won the Super Rugby Championship and just us significant, marks 150 years of NSW Rugby. What better way to kick off our celebrations than taking on our oldest rival, the Queensland Reds in round 1.

“The 2024 season draw see’s the Waratahs play five Friday night and two Saturday night matches at the world-class Allianz Stadium.

“We are excited to get back in front of our fans and give them something to cheer about”. In line with previous seasons all registered NSW junior rugby players aged 16 and under will be able to attend Waratahs home matches free of charge.”


Super Rugby Pacific 2024 Fixtures

All times in AEST/AEDT

Round 1
Friday 23 FebruaryChiefs v CrusadersFMG Stadium, Hamilton5:05pmStan
Friday 23 FebruaryRebels v Brumbies AAMI Park, Melbourne7:35pmStan
Friday 23 FebruaryForce v Hurricanes HBF Park, Perth10:00pmStan
Saturday 24 FebruaryBlues v Fijian DruaTBC2:35pmStan
Saturday 24 FebruaryHighlanders v Moana Pasifika Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin5:05pmStan/Nine
Saturday 24 FebruaryReds v Waratahs Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 8.05pmStan
Round 2
Friday 1 MarchHighlanders v BluesAAMI Park6pmStan
Friday 1 MarchRebels v ForceAAMI Park8:10pmStan
Saturday 2 MarchMoana Pasifika v FijianDruaAAMI Park5:05pmStan
Saturday 2 MarchCrusaders v WaratahsAAMI Park735pmStan
Sunday 3 MarchChiefs v BrumbiesAAMI Park2pmStan
Sunday 3 MarchHurricanes v RedsAAMI Park4:30pmStan
Round 3
Friday 8 March Moana Pasifika v Rebels TBC5:05pmStan
Friday 8MarchWaratahs v HighlandersAllianz Stadium, Sydney7:35pmStan
Saturday 9 MarchFijian Drua v CrusadersTBC, Fiji12.05pmStan
Saturday 9 MarchBrumbies v Force TBC2:35pmStan
Saturday 9 MarchHurricanes v Blues Sky Stadium, Wellington5:05pmStan
Saturday 9 MarchReds v ChiefsSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane7.35pmStan
Round 4
Friday 15 MarchCrusaders v HurricanesApollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch5:05pmStan
Friday 15 MarchRebels v RedsAAMI Park, Melbourne7:35pmStan
Friday 15 MarchForce v Moana PasifikaHBF Park, Perth10:00pmStan
Saturday 16 MarchHighlanders v BrumbiesFMG Stadium, Hamilton2:35pmStan
Saturday 16 MarchChiefs v Fijian Drua Rugby Park, Invercargill5:05pmStan
Saturday 16 MarchWaratahs v Blues Allianz Stadium, Sydney7.35pmStan
Round 5
Friday 22 MarchHurricanes v Rebels TBC5:05pmStan
Friday 22 MarchBrumbies v Moana PasifikaGio Stadium, Canberra7:35pmStan
Saturday 23 MarchFijian Drua v Waratahs TBC, Fiji12:05pmStan
Saturday 23 MarchChiefs v HighlandersFMG Stadium, Hamilton5:05pmStan
Saturday 23 MarchBlues v CrusadersTBC, Auckland 5.05pmStan
Saturday 23 MarchForce v RedsHBF Park, Perth7:35pmStan
Round 6
Friday 29 MarchCrusaders v ChiefsApollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch5:05pmStan
Friday 29 MarchWaratahs v Rebels Allianz Stadium, Sydney 7:35pmStan
Saturday 30 MarchFijian Drua v ForceTBC, Fiji12:05pmStan
Saturday 30 March Moana Pasifika v Blues TBC2:35pmStan
Saturday 30 MarchHighlanders v Hurricanes Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin5:05pmStan
Saturday 30 March Reds v Brumbies Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane7:35pm Stan
Round 7
Friday 5 AprilBlues v Force TBC, Auckland5:05pmStan
Friday 5 AprilRebels v Fijian DruaAAMI Park, Melbourne7:35pmStan
Saturday 6 AprilChiefs v Moana Pasifika FMG Stadium, Hamilton5:05pmStan
Saturday 6 AprilBrumbies v Waratahs GIO Stadium, Canberra7:35pmStan
Round 8
Friday 12 AprilMoana Pasifika v RedsTBC5:05pmStan
Friday 12 AprilWaratahs v Crusaders Allianz Stadium, Sydney7:35pmStan
Saturday 13 AprilHurricanes v ChiefsSky Stadium, Wellington5:05pmStan
Saturday 13 AprilRebels v Highlanders AAMI Park, Melbourne 7:35pmStan
Round 9
Friday 19 AprilFijian Drua v HurricanesTBC, Fiji 5:05pmStan
Friday 19 AprilReds v HighlandersSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane7:35pmStan
Saturday 20 AprilBlues v Brumbies TBC, Auckland5:05pmStan
Saturday 20 AprilForce v Crusaders HBF Park7:35pmStan
Round 10
Friday 26 AprilCrusaders v Rebels Apollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch5:05pmStan
Friday 26 AprilWaratahs v Chiefs Allianz Stadium, Sydney7:35pmStan
Saturday 27 AprilFijian Drua v Moana PasifikaTBC, Fiji12:05pmStan
Saturday 27 AprilBrumbies v HurricanesGIO Stadium, Canberra2:35pmStan
Saturday 27 AprilHighlanders v Force Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin5:05pmStan
Saturday 27 AprilReds v Blues Suncorp Stadium7:35pmStan
Round 11
Friday 3 MayHurricanes v Waratahs Sky Stadium, Wellington 5:05pmStan
Friday 3 MayRebels v BluesAAMI Park, Melbourne 7:35pmStan
Saturday 4 MayMoana Pasifika v Highlanders TBC12:05pmStan
Saturday 4 MayCrusaders v Reds Apollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch 2:35pmStan
Saturday 4 MayChiefs v ForceFMG Stadium, Hamilton5:05pmStan
Saturday 4 MayBrumbies v Fijian DruaGIO Stadium, Canberra 7:35pmStan
Round 12
Friday 10 MayMoana Pasifika v Chiefs TBC5:05pmStan
Friday 10 MayReds v Rebels Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane7:35pmStan
Saturday 11 MayBlues v HurricanesTBC, Auckland 2:35pmStan
Saturday 11 MayHighlanders v CrusadersForsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin5:05pmStan
Saturday 11 MayWaratahs v Brumbies Allianz Stadium, Sydney7:35pmStan
Saturday 11 MayForce v Fijian Drua HBF Stadium, Perth9:55pmStan
Round 13
Friday 17 MayHurricanes v Moana PasifikaSky Stadium, Wellington5:05pmStan
Friday 17 MayRebels v Chiefs AAMI Park, Melbourne 7:35pmStan
Saturday 18 MayFijian Drua v RedsTBC, Fiji 12:05pmStan
Saturday 18 MayBrumbies v Crusaders GIO Stadium, Canberra2:35pmStan
Saturday 18 MayBlues v Highlanders TBC, Auckland 5:05pmStan
Saturday 18 MayForce v Waratahs HBF Park, Perth7:35pmStan
Round 14
Friday 24 MayChiefs v HurricanesFMG Stadium, Hamilton 5:05pmStan
Friday 24 MayBrumbies v RebelsGIO Stadium, Canberra7:35pmStan
Saturday 25 May Moana Pasifika v Waratahs TBC2:35pmStan
Saturday 25 MayCrusaders v Blues Apollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch5:05pmStan
Saturday 25 MayReds v Force Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane7:35pmStan
Sunday 26 MayHighlanders v Fijian Drua Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin12:05pmStan
Round 15
Friday 31 MayCrusaders v Moana Pasifika Apollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch5:05pmStan
Friday 31 MayWaratahs v Reds Allianz Stadium, Sydney7:35pmStan
Saturday 1 JuneFijian Drua v RebelsTBC, Fiji12:05pmStan
Saturday 1 JuneHurricanes v HighlandersSky Stadium, Wellington2:35pmStan
Saturday 1 JuneBlues v Chiefs TBC, Auckland 5:05pmStan
Saturday 1 JuneForce v Brumbies HBF Park, Perth7.35pmStan

All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time until April 2, when the time reverts to Australian Eastern Standard Time.

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