2015 Super Rugby season fixtures confirmed

Super Rugby organizers SANZAR have released the list of fixtures for the 2015 Super Rugby season which starts on the weekend of the 13th of February 2015.

Unlike in the past two seasons all 15 Super Rugby sides will start together on the opening weekend and due to 2015 being a Rugby World Cup year there will be no break for the June Internationals.

As there will be no June Tours the Super Rugby will be uninterrupted in 2015 and will run from the middle of February to first weekend in July as the final will be on the 4th of July.

Seven-time champions the Crusaders will get the 2015 Super Rugby campaign underway
when they welcome the Rebels to AMI Stadium on Friday 13 February.

The match is the first of an opening night double-header with a fierce Australian
derby between the Brumbies and Reds following in Canberra.

The Sharks and the Bulls launch their seasons at home with derbies against
the Cheetahs and Stormers respectively while the Lions will host the Hurricanes
at Ellis Park and come Sunday, all eyes will be focused on Allianz Stadium as
the defending champion Waratahs meet the Force.

With the Anzac Centenary occurring in 2015, SANZAR has orchestrated the draw
to ensure five matches involving Australian and New Zealand teams are played
across this hugely significant weekend.

Back-to-back fixtures between Chiefs v Force and Brumbies v Highlanders on
Friday April 24 see the round commence with clashes on either side of the Tasman
before a pair of key derbies take centre stage on Anzac Day.

The Blues travel to Christchurch to renew their rivalry with the Crusaders
before the Waratahs host the Rebels at ANZ Stadium in a battle between two traditional
Australian foes who will vie for the Weary Dunlop Shield, a trophy bearing the
name of a hero whose name resonates loudly throughout rugby and the armed forces.

SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said, “A great deal of thought and
planning has gone into the 2015 draw and we are absolutely thrilled to have
produced an outcome that sees Australian and New Zealand teams all in action
across the Anzac Centenary weekend.

“It will be a tremendous occasion for people to come together to reflect
on the significance of the day beyond the rugby field and we expect this will
be a highly poignant and memorable occasion.”

All five matches of the 2014 Super Rugby Finals Series will recur during the
2015 Regular Season, including a re-match of the record-breaking Final when
the Waratahs and Crusaders return to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in Round 15.

The season commences on the same weekend of February, but concludes one month
earlier to allow national teams adequate time to prepare for the 2015 Rugby
World Cup, which kicks off on 18 September. As a result, there will be no June
Test window in the 2015 Super Rugby season.

With some venues unavailable due to a clash with other events, New Zealand
teams are taking the opportunity to consider delivering their Super Rugby fixtures
to alternative locations, particularly in regional areas.

Mr Peters concluded, “The 2015 season marks the final year of Super Rugby
in its current format before the competition expands into a bold new era from

“As we plan for the future, we also eagerly look forward to seeing how
the coming season pans out following one of the most competitive years in the
history of Super Rugby.”

Each team plays home and away derbies within their own conference, plus the
following cross-conference matches in the 2015 Super Rugby season:

Brumbies: Chiefs (A) Cheetahs (H) Blues (A) Highlanders (H) Stormers (A) Lions
(A) Bulls (H) Crusaders (A)
Force: Hurricanes (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Stormers (H) Chiefs
(A) Blues (A) Highlanders (H)

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