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    Rd 2 this week. Big win for the chiefs over the Crusaders, Gatlands presence seems to be having an impact already.

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    New Zealand's 'Super Rugby Aotearoa' is set to resume in the form of a five-team domestic competition.

    This follows the New Zealand government's announcement on Thursday that professional rugby and netball will resume at Covid-19 alert Level 2.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce next Monday whether New Zealand will move to 'Alert Level 2', which allows significantly more freedom than Kiwis have experienced since lockdown began in late March.

    Super Rugby Aotearoa will involve New Zealand's five franchises - the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders - and has been developed by the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZR) in conjunction with governing body Sanzaar, the Super Rugby teams and the NZ Rugby Players’ Association (NZRPA).

    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.

    "For our fans, our players and everyone involved in Super Rugby, we are thrilled that the Sports Minister has given the green light for professional sport to resume at level two," NZR CEO Mark Robinson said in a statement released by the All Blacks.

    "Both netball and rugby have been working closely with government agencies on what training and playing at level two could look like, and we are incredibly grateful for their support."

    Regarding a start date, Robinson explained: "As soon as the country announces what date we move to alert level two, we will be able to confirm what date Super Rugby will kick off."

    The rugby boss added that 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."

    Sanzaar CEO Andy Marinos also welcomed the news that live rugby could be on the horizon.

    "We have known for some time that once the green light is given to recommence playing [in any of our territories] that a revised Super Rugby competition format would have to be implemented. This will mean a strong domestic focus in each territory given the travel, border and government restrictions that we will have to adhere to.

    "Given today's announcement by the New Zealand government, Sanzaar will now in conjunction with NZR move to the implementation of the revised Super Rugby format that has been agreed upon by all Sanzaar partners and stakeholders. We will work with NZR around the possible start date that satisfies government requirements," said Marinos.
    New Zealand's 'Super Rugby Aotearoa' is set to resume in the form of a five-team domestic competition.
    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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      #3
      Right so, anyone going to be watching these games?
      It's been so long since I saw a game of rugby, New Zealand to the rescue.

      here are the fixtures:
      https://www.superrugby.co.nz/fixtures-and-standings/

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      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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        #4
        Who are people going to support....
        (besides Wayen, we all know who he will be supporting)...
        Blues

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        He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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          #5
          Here's a preview of the Teams

          https://www.superrugby.co.nz/news/te...highlanders-3/
          https://www.superrugby.co.nz/news/te...e-crusaders-2/
          https://www.superrugby.co.nz/news/te...-hurricanes-3/
          https://www.superrugby.co.nz/news/te...-the-chiefs-2/
          https://www.superrugby.co.nz/news/te...w-the-blues-3/
          He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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            #6
            no interest?
            He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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              #7
              Agreed

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                #8
                Really, the only live rugby in the last 3 months.
                He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by i_like_cake View Post
                  no interest?
                  Crusaders hopefully
                  "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                  Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                  Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                    #10
                    Them kiwis well ahead of the posse...
                    Gwan Joe!!

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                      #11
                      Blues team to face the Hurricanes:

                      15 Beauden Barrett
                      14 Mark Telea
                      13 Rieko Ioane
                      12 TJ Faiane
                      11 Caleb Clarke
                      10 Otere Black
                      9 Sam Nock
                      8 Hoskins Sotutu
                      7 Blake Gibson
                      6 Tom Robinson
                      5 Josh Goodhue
                      4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c)
                      3 Ofa Tuungafasi
                      2 James Parsons
                      1 Alex Hodgman

                      Reserves:

                      16 Kurt Ekland
                      17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth
                      18 Marcel Renata
                      19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
                      20 Dalton Papalii
                      21 Fin Christie
                      22 Harry Plummer
                      23 Matt Duffie


                      The Hurricanes team to face the Blues in Auckland is:

                      15) Chase Tiatia
                      14) Wes Goosen
                      13) Vince Aso
                      12) Ngani Laumape
                      11) Ben Lam
                      10) Jackson Garden-Bachop
                      9) TJ Perenara [CC]
                      8) Gareth Evans
                      7) Du’Plessis Kirifi
                      6) Reed Prinsep
                      5) Scott Scrafton
                      4) James Blackwell
                      3) Tyrel Lomax
                      2) Dane Coles [CC]
                      1) Fraser Armstrong

                      Reserves

                      16) Asafo Aumua
                      17) Tevita Mafileo
                      18) Alex Fidow
                      19) Isaia Walker-Leawere
                      20) Vaea Fifita
                      21) Ardie Savea
                      22) Jamie Booth
                      23) Billy Proctor
                      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                        #12
                        Surprised Joe Marchant not featuring for the Blues - get the most out of him before he heads back to the Harlequins....

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                          #13
                          Cancelled my sky subscription a while back so no Super Rugby for me. Lost track of who plays where.

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                            #14
                            AAanyone watching?
                            He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                              #15
                              Chiefs team to play the blues this saturday morning.... 08.05 Limerick time...

                              15. Damian McKenzie
                              14. Shaun Stevenson
                              13. Quinn Tupaea
                              12. Anton Lienert-Brown
                              11. Sean Wainui
                              10. Aaron Cruden
                              9. Brad Weber

                              8. Pita Gus Sowakula
                              7. Lachlan Boshier
                              6. Luke Jacobson
                              5. Naitoa Ah Kuoi
                              4. Tupou Vaa’l
                              3. Nepo Laulala
                              2. Samisoni Taukei’aho
                              1. Aidan Ross

                              Reserves:
                              16. Bradley Slater
                              17. Reuben O’Neill
                              18. Ross Geldenhuys
                              19. Adam Thomson
                              20. Dylan Nel
                              21. Lisati Milo-Harris
                              22. Kaleb Trask
                              23. Solomon Alaimalo

                              Blues team (no Dan Carter)..

                              15. Beauden Barrett
                              14. Mark Telea
                              13. Rieko Ioane
                              12. TJ Faiane
                              11. Caleb Clarke
                              10. Otere Black
                              9. Sam Nock

                              8. Hoskins Sotutu
                              7. Dalton Papali'i
                              6. Akira Ioane,
                              5. Josh Goodhue
                              4. Patrick Tuipulotu (c)
                              3. Ofa Tuungafasi,
                              2. James Parsons
                              1. Alex Hodgman

                              Replacemements:

                              16. Kurt Eklund
                              17. Marcel Renata
                              18. Sione Mafileo
                              19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
                              20. Finlay Christie
                              21. Harry Plummer
                              22. Matt Duffie
                              (one to be added)
                              He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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