Super Rugby Aotearoa might be a brand new rugby competition, but it’s one of the very best. After a hugely successful inaugural season in 2020, the competition is set to continue for 2021, and it looks like it will be bigger and better than ever.
Super Rugby Aotearoa began when the coronavirus pandemic caused the 2020 Super Rugby series to be cancelled. Due to the fact teams from New Zealand, South Africa and Australia were unable to travel internationally, each nation created their own domestic Super Rugby tournament and New Zealand’s was called Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The competition involves all five of the country’s Super Rugby clubs (the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders) playing in a round-robin format, with 20 matches played over a 10-week period to decide the winner. The tournament also features a number of unique rules that are being trialled by World Rugby, including a golden point format for extra time and a substitution rule after 20 minutes if a player receives a red card.
In last year’s competition, Crusaders emerged victorious over the other Super Rugby Aotearoa teams, much like they had in the last three Super Rugby competitions. However, the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders will all be hoping that they can knock Crusaders from their perch this time around.
In 2021, the competition will largely use the same format. However, for 2021, Super Rugby Aotearoa will feature an additional final between the two highest-placed teams in the tournament, and this game will decide the overall champion. Similarly, following the conclusion of the tournament, New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa teams will face teams from Australia’s Super Rugby AU series in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition. This will be the first time that the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition has been held.
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