2013 Investec Super Rugby Round 11 - Teams, previews & Kickoff!

James Mortimer     27 Apr 2013    

To view KickOff, the New Zealand Rugby Union's comprehensive and detailed online guide to the round of action, click here.

Things to note in Round Eleven:

This weekend, Investec Super Rugby matches across New Zealand and Australia  remember the ANZACs in Round 11.

The Hurricanes, Crusaders and Chiefs have called on local services to be part of pre and half time match activity.

As well as bucket collections, online fans can donate to the RSA - click here for details.

Matches in New Zealand will pay special tribute to the ANZACs and to RSA members at the start of each match, and a massive poppy will be painted on the field of play at all three New Zealand host venues.

Our own Chris Pollock becomes just the sixth Kiwi referee to clock up half a tonne in Super Rugby.  Only five other refs have made the 50-match milestone since the competition started in 1996.

Nicknamed Polly, Pollock joins an impressive honours list with Paddy O'Brien 55 matches, Kelvin Deaker 58, Paul Honiss 59, Bryce Lawrence 60, and former NZ referee Steve Walsh 73.

The high flying Chiefs have joined forces to help a NZDF recruitment drive. A Seasprite SH-2G helicopter will fly the match ball into Waikato Stadium on Saturday.  At 16.1m long, 4.6m tall and a rotorblade span of 13.4 metres it can lift over 1800kg. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have launched The Big Three Chiefs 3 Pack Membership for the Sharks, Crusaders and Hurricanes matches plus a free GA ticket to the Western Force. The offer closes 5pm, Saturday 27 April so Get In Now.

Singing Blues - A few of Sir JK's boys auditioned for new Auckland-based webseries The Factory, produced by comedian and performer Vela Manusaute. The Factory tells the story of a Pacific Island family who compete in a talent quest amongst the factories of South Auckland.  Fans have been able to audition online and vote for their favourite cast members. Manusaute tried out for the Blues in exchange for a few Blues' auditions

New Zealand Conference matches
Investec Super Rugby 2013 - Round Eleven
Kick off times are local

Friday 26 April
Hurricanes v Stormers
FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
R Steve Walsh
AR Mike Fraser
AR Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO Vinny Munro

Friday 26 April
Reds v Blues
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
R Craig Joubert
AR Rohan Hoffmann
AR Damien Mitchelmore
TMO Steve Leszczynski

Saturday 27 April
Chiefs v Sharks
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
R Chris Pollock
AR Glen Jackson
AR Shane McDermott
TMO Glenn Newman

Sunday 28 April
Crusaders v Rebels
AMI Stadium, Addington Christchurch
R Nick Briant
AR Garratt Williamson
AR Kane McBride
TMO Vinny Munro