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Super Rugby Aotearoa could extend if Trans-Tasman Competition falters

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Super Rugby Aotearoa will be extended if this year’s Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition can’t go ahead.

Blues CEO Andrew Hore says the NZR has already told Kiwi teams a third round can be added in 2021 if Australian teams can’t come to New Zealand.

The tournament, in which the five New Zealand and Australian teams play cross over games in both countries, is scheduled to start in May.

However, the competition is under threat due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, with a trans-Tasman bubble needed to make the schedule work.

Currently, anyone entering New Zealand or returning from overseas must quarantine for two weeks.

That would make the current Super Rugby Trans-Tasman schedule, which has the Chiefs playing in Perth on the opening round before returning to Hamilton for a home game the following week, unworkable.

Hore says the tournament won’t be moved to Australia and confirmed if it’s is cancelled, Super Rugby Aotearoa will expand, with the teams playing each other three times instead of twice, before a grand final.

The Highlanders will face the Crusaders at 6.05pm Friday while the Blues will take on the Hurricanes at 6.05pm Saturday in the Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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Sharks relish chance to play in front of fans in URC tie

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Sharks skipper Phendulani “Phepsi” Buthelezi.


Sharks skipper Phendulani “Phepsi” Buthelezi.

Even though a lot of Sharks youngsters grew up watching and dreaming of playing Super Rugby, they are quite thrilled with playing in the United Rugby Championship (URC).

The Sharks kick-off their URC with an away match against Munster in Limerick, Ireland on Saturday at 8.35 pm.

This will be the first time that the Durban-based franchise features in the competition against European sides after they left Super Rugby last year.


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The Rugby Championship Round Five: How to watch All Blacks v Springboks & Wallabies v Argentina, teams and more | Latest Rugby News

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Round Five of the Rugby Championship will enter new territory as International Test Rugby heads to Queensland Country Bank Stadium for the first time.

They will be treated to a historic match-up as the All Blacks face South Africa in their centurion Test.

Click here to get your tickets for the eToro Rugby Championship

Following this, Australia will look to continue their strong run of form as they face Argentina as part of the double-header

Here is everything you need to know about the fifth round of The Rugby Championship

The Wallabies will play next Argentina in the fifth round of The Rugby Championship at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday September 25 at 8:05 pm.

It will be the third of four double-headers games in Queensland, with the competition st to finish in the Gold Coast on October 2.

The Wallabies match against Argentina will be shown across the Nine Network on Channel Nine and 9Gem.

Coverage will start on Nine from 7:30 pm (AEST) in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, whilst the game will be shown on 9Gem in Perth and Adelaide.

The blockbuster will also be ad-free, live and on demand, with extended coverage on Stan Sport from 7:15 pm.

The All Blacks v Springboks match will be shown on Stan Sport ahead of Wallabies v Springboks.

Coverage for the match will start from 4:30 pm (AEST) and will be ad-free, live and on demand

The fifth round of TRC between the Wallabies and Argentina will start on Saturday September 18 at 8:05 pm (AEST)

Coverage will begin on Channel Nine from 7:30 pm

Meanwhile, coverage will be ad-free and continue throughout the game on Stan Sport and start from 7:15.

For a full list of broadcasters, check out the list below:

New Zealand: Sky Sports

South Africa/Africa and adjacent islands: SuperSport

Argentina/South America/North America: ESPN

USA: FloSports

Canada:TSN

UK & Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man): Sky UK

France/Andorra/Monaco/Luxembourg: Canal+

Japan: Wowow

Pacific: Digicel

Italy, Vatican City, San Marino and Canton Ticino, Switzerland:Sky Italia

Spain/Andorra:Telefonica

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marianas, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nepal, Northern Marianas, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Tajikistan, Taiwan (Republic of China), Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam: Premier Sports

Rugby Australia has confirmed a host of changes to the Rugby Championship schedule, with the games heading to Queensland.

The Rugby Championship will see four double-headers played across the region, with games set to be played in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville.

The new schedule is as follow:

2021 Rugby Championship Fixtures

*All times AEST unless stated otherwise

Round One

Sat 14 August: New Zealand 57 v Australia 22 at Eden Park, Auckland

Sat 14 August: South Africa 32 v Argentina 12 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Round Two

Sat 21 August: Argentina 10 v South Africa 29 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Sun 5 September: Australia 21 v New Zealand 38 at Optus Stadium, Perth (4:00 pm)*

Round Three

Sun 12 September: New Zealand 39 v Argentina 0 at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (5:05 pm)

Sun 12 September:  South Africa 26 v Australia 28 at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (8:05 pm)

Round Four

Sat 18 September:  Australia 30 v South Africa 17 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (5:05 pm)

Sat 18 September: Argentina 13 v New Zealand 36 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (8:05 pm)

Round Five

Sat 25 September: New Zealand v South Africa at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (5:05 pm)

Sat 25 September:  Australia v Argentina at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (8:05 pm)

Round Six (AEDT time)

Sat 2 October: Argentina v Australia at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (5:05 pm)

Sat 2 October: New Zealand v South Africa at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (8:05 pm)

*doubles as third Bledisloe Cup match

Tickets are still available for the entire Rugby Championship as the action heads across the state.

The matches will be played as double-headers across four straight weekends across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville.

This week’s double-header is expected to be a packed crowd after last week’s thrilling win in Brisbane, with limited tickets available.

Click here to purchase tickets for the TRC

WALLABIES (1-15): James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Matt Philip, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper (c) Rob Valetini, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Reece Hodge

Reserves: Feleti Kaitu’u, Angus Bell, Tom Robertson, Darcy Swain, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Jordan Petaia

Click here for all your team news for the Wallabies

ARGENTINA (1-15): Facundo Gigena, Julian Montoya (c), Santiago Medrano, Matias Alemanno, Tomás Lavanini, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Chocobares, Lucio Cinti, Santiago Cordero, Juan Cruz Mallia

Reserves: Santiago Socino, Rodrigo Martinez, Enrique Pieretto, Guido Petti, Joaquin Oviedo, Gonzalo Garcia, Domingo Miotti, Mateo Carreras

NEW ZEALAND (1-15): Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett, Akira Ioane, Ardie Savea (c), Luke Jacobson, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, George Bridge, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan, Jordie Barrett

Reserves: Saminsoni Taukei’aho, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ethan Blackadder, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Quinn Tupaea

Click here for all your team news for the All Blacks

SPRINGBOKS (1-15): Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (c), Kwagga Smith, Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Sbu Nkosi, Willie le Roux

Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Marco van Staden, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Frans Styen

Click here for all your team news for the Springboks

The 20-minute red card and the 50-22 will be amongst the new law trials implemented ahead of the Rugby Championship.

The decision to implement the red card changes comes after World Rugby approved a SANZAAR request after it was initially left out of the global trials

It initially came into effect for the Bledisloe series, which kicked off last week, and will see a player replaced after 20 minutes by another player if they have been red-carded.

A player who been tactically replaced is able to return to the field to replace a red-carded player, however, teams must have had used their allocated substitutes.

The decision comes after wide-ranging discussions surrounding a crack-down on high tackles and foul-play to ensure player safety.

It was brought further into the spotlight when Marika Koroibete was red-carded for a high tackle, which was eventually overturned, forcing the Wallabies to play with 14 men for 75 minutes before pulling off a famous win over France.

Jordie Barrett became one of the first to be sent off under the law during the All Blacks’ third Bledisloe Test win over the Wallabies in Perth.



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The Fiji Times » Byrne to steer Drua’s Super Rugby course

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New Fijian Drua coach Mick Byrne wants to showcase the local Fijian rugby fl are to the world.

In a press conference yesterday Byrne said it would be that brand of exciting rugby that our players and fans love, but with clinical aspects to it in both attack and defence.

“It will be hard work in our first two seasons but the journey will be rewarding and enjoyable,” he said.

“It’s a style of play that puts the joy of rugby at its core, and I’m very excited to help our club showcase this to the world when the new Super Rugby season starts.”

Bryne is the club’s first head coach and has the experience as the assistant and skills coach for the Wallabies, All Blacks, Japan and Scotland over a 23-year rugby union coaching career.

The Australian also brings with him Super Rugby experience as assistant coach of the Auckland Blues from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to rugby, Byrne had a stellar playing and coaching career with the AFL. The initial term of his appointment is for the first two seasons.

“I have followed and admired the way Fijian team plays the game over the course of my coaching career. None of us are under any illusions that it will not be easy. We understand the challenges ahead of us in this first season, being based away from home. “But within that challenge lies the opportunity to grow stronger as a team and a club.

“It will allow us to be patient with our players, help them find their own way and naturally grow into the game we want to play.”

Bryne will be assisted by head of athletics performance Naca Cawanibuka.

“I am really looking forward to working with Naca and other coaching and management staff to get our squad ready to meet the standards required for top level rugby week in, week out. “As a professional competition, Super Rugby is right up there as the most demanding and most expansive.

“It will require massive fitness, skill and conditioning commitment from everyone and Naca’s unique insights and proven ability at the elite level will be invaluable for us.”

As part of ongoing local development, Byrne and the Fijian Drua staff members will map post-season capacity-building programs.

This will include extensive visits to and sessions with the coaching staff of Fiji’s 24 provincial teams who feature in domestic competitions.

The Fijian Drua will announce further coaching appointments in the coming weeks.

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