Super Rugby is coming back in NZ - here's how it's going to work

News 07/05/2020

Super Rugby is set to return in New Zealand once we reach COVID-19 alert level two!

The condensed competition will feature all five New Zealand franchises for ten weeks of intense derbies.

“For our fans, our players and everyone involved in Investec Super Rugby, we are thrilled that the Sports Minister has given the green light for professional sport to resume at level two,” NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said in a statement.

“As soon as the country announces what date we move to alert level two, we will be able to confirm what date Investec Super Rugby will kick off.”

According to a release from Super Rugby, the five teams will play each other home and away over 10 weeks, with two matches every weekend. All matches will be played in closed stadiums.

“Kiwi rugby fans love the local Investec Super Rugby derbies, and they will now have 10 consecutive rounds to enjoy,” Robinson said.

He said the players would need three to four weeks to adequately prepare with contact training before matches could commence.

“We’re delighted for our fans that in a best-case scenario we will have top-quality rugby back on our screens next month. I know the players would prefer to be playing in front of our fans, but the health and safety of Kiwis must come first.”