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Super Rugby Pacific 2022 Draw Released

15 November 2021

The 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw has been welcomed by coaches and players as they embark on a new competition from February 18. 12 teams will play 14 regular season matches over 15 weeks to decide the top 8 to contest a three week playoffs format.

The new competition will be launched by Moana Pasifika at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland with a Friday night match up with the Brumbies while the other competition newcomers, the Fijian Drua, will take on the Blues the following day.

In an innovative move, the competition will feature Super Round Melbourne in Round 2 that will see all 12 teams play in Melbourne on a long weekend of double headers.

The Highlanders will begin their season with a classic southern derby against the Super Rugby Aotearoa champion Crusaders in Christchurch before heading to Australia for a two week mini tour encompassing the Super Round Melbourne match against the Blues before a game against the Fijian Drua. Round 5 and 6 are the first of two blocks of back-to-back home games for the Highlanders supporters. With the first being, the Western Force and a then return match against the Crusaders. Following a mid-season bye, the second round of back-to-back home games takes place against the Hurricanes and Brumbies at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The historic round 12 clash against Moana Pasifika and final round match with the Waratahs will round out the home season programme.

Highlanders CEO Roger Clark is delighted to finally have a draw in the public domain. 

“I am sure our fans will be excited to see what the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season looks like and there is plenty there to enjoy. We hope to see full stadiums around the country as Kiwis get back to celebrating live events again, in particular, our supporters packing out our home base, Forsyth Barr stadium.”

Highlanders Assistant Coach Clarke Dermody is excited by the announcement.

“It’s great to have a full draw in front of us again, I particularly like getting to test ourselves against our neighbours the Crusaders in the first round. It will certainly give our preseason a lot of focus knowing we are up against the champs early doors.”

‘Also exciting will be our first opportunity to take on the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika. They will no doubt bring extra interest and their own unique style to the tournament” said Dermody.

Highlanders key playmaker Mitch Hunt is looking forward to the expanded format.

“It’s nice to be able to play a full competition with the Australian teams, Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua from the get go. From a players perspective, the different styles and travelling adds another level of interest and challenge which is enjoyable” said Hunt. 

 

2022 Highlanders Draw

Round

Team

Date (NZT)

Venue

1

Crusaders

Saturday 19th February 7:05pm

Orangetheory Stadium Christchurch

2

Blues

Sunday 27th February 3:30pm

AAMI Park, Melbourne (Super Round Melbourne)

3

Fijian Drua

Saturday 5th March 4:50pm

Away (TBC)

4

Hurricanes

Saturday 12th March 7:05pm

Sky Stadium Wellington

5

Force

Friday 18th March 7:05pm

Forsyth Barr Stadium

6

Crusaders

Saturday 26th March 7:05pm

Forsyth Barr Stadium

7

BYE

8

Reds

Saturday 9th April 9:45pm

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

9

Hurricanes

Saturday 16th April 7:05pm

Forsyth Barr Stadium

10

Brumbies

Friday 22nd April 7:05pm

Forsyth Barr Stadium

11

Blues

Saturday 30th April 7:05pm

Eden Park, Auckland

12

Moana Pasifika

Saturday 7th May 4:35pm

Forsyth Barr Stadium

13

Rebels

Sunday 15th May 4:00pm

AAMI Park, Melbourne

14

Chiefs

Saturday 21st May 7:05pm

FMG Stadium, Hamilton

15

Waratahs

Friday 27th May 7:05pm

Forsyth Barr Stadium 

ENDS

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