The six-week competition, which relied on quarantine measures for Covid-19 that was not necessary in either country by May next year, and which includes all five teams from both countries have been announced before New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Rugby Australia (RA) on Friday.
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, as it was called, will launch on May 14th, right after the local super competitions between the two countries.
The championship confirmation came after a few months of divisions between administrators on both sides of Tasman, with RA Chairman Hamish McLennan describing the relationship as « at an all time low ».
NZR President Mark Robinson said that despite all the downturn, the new competition was « a testament to the strength of the relationship » between the two institutions..
« We have been really committed for quite some time to reach a competition format that can work with both countries, clubs, and most importantly the fans..
The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders will each play five games against the Queensland Reds, New South Wales Waratas, Brombies, Melbourne Ribbles and Western Forces, including two home matches in New Zealand.. .
All Kiwi teams will also play two away matches, while their fifth will be part of the « Super Round » in which all matches in the third round will be played in one location, during one weekend.
The competition concluded with a final on June 19 between the two biggest teams on the common competition ladder after five weeks of matches, with the team that finished at home for the first time getting the decisive position.
« It’s also going to be a tremendous opportunity for cities and regions across Australia to pitch something competitive to look for an opportunity to organize it..
“We are not committed to any solution or destination yet, but we will start working on that very soon.
NZR and RA said they will announce kick-off dates, dates and venues, as well as the process that will be used to locate the « Grand Round », in due course..
Interim CEO of RA Rob Clarke said the announcement was a historic day of rugby in the Southern Hemisphere, with the first Australian and New Zealand rugby competitions. .
“This will generate tremendous excitement in both countries as some of the best players in the world prepare to challenge each other after the conclusion of Super Rugby AU and Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa.
“I would like to thank Mark Robinson and his New Zealand Rugby team for working closely with us.
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