The Highlanders will play a game in Suva, Fiji against the Chiefs on 30th June 20187. Both the Chiefs and Crusaders have participated in games there over the last two years, as well as the Blues staging a game in Samoa this year. The games are generally viewed as a way of supporting and growing the game in the Pacific Islands.
Pulse Energy Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said “We view the game in Fiji as an opportunity to broaden the appeal of Super Rugby. We are aware of the large following Super Rugby enjoys in Fiji and we are happy to have the chance to showcase our style of game in the islands; we are grateful to the Fijian Government and Fortress Information Systems for extending the invitation. Fiji has produced so many great players including our own Waisake Naholo; it will be a great experience for him and all the players.”
Head Coach Aaron Mauger said “we will certainly embrace this opportunity as a team; it’s a different challenge but potentially an exciting one. There have been some great Super Rugby games in Fiji over the last few years and against the Chiefs we will obviously have to be at our best; but we know to be successful in Super Rugby, you have to be prepared to play anyone, anywhere, at any time”.
2018 HOME DRAW:
|Preseason||v Waratahs||Queenstown Recreation Ground, Queenstown||2 February 2018|
|Brisbane Global Rugby Tens||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||9 & 10 February 2018|
|v Crusaders||Fred Booth Park, Waimumu, Gore||15 February 2018|
|In Season||v Blues||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||23 February 2018|
|v Stormers||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||9 March 2018|
|v Crusaders||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||17 March 2018|
|v Brumbies||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||14 April 2018|
|v Lions||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||12 May 2018|
|v Hurricanes||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||1 June 2018|
|v Chiefs||ANZ National Stadium, Suva, Fiji||30 June 2018|
|v Rebels||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||14 July 2018|