What is the start date for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa?
Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa will kick off on Saturday 13 June when the Highlanders host the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin at 5:05pm. All games will be live on Sky Sport. Have a look at the full draw HERE.
Do teams keep their competition points from the opening seven rounds of Investec Super Rugby?
No, all teams start on zero from round one of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa.
How are competition points awarded?
The points system remains the same as Investec Super Rugby. So four points are awarded for a win, two points for a draw and bonus points are awarded for losing by seven points or less or by winning by three tries or more.
How is an overall winner determined?
At the end of 10 rounds the team on the most competition points is crowned the inaugural Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa champion. Normal tie-breaker rules apply if teams are locked on the same points. The first of those being points differential.
What health and safety measures will be implemented?
* At team trainings: All five Investec Super Rugby clubs have been working hard to ensure their environments meet best practice health and safety guidelines to mitigate against the risk of COVID-19. Measures taken by players, coaches and staff include daily health and temperature checks prior to entry to team bases, signing in and out every time they come and go to enable contact tracing, limiting the number of people on site and in specific training areas, setting up strict contact and non contact bubbles, and limiting the size of their own social bubbles outside of the team environment.
* In stadiums: We will seek clarification on health and safety measures to be implemented in our stadiums in due course and, alongside our venues we will be guided by health authorities on these measures.
Will there be crowds?
No, following NZ Government guidelines set under Alert Level 2, games will currently be played without crowds.
How difficult is it going to be for your team, not being able to play in front of fans?
We’d obviously love to have our fans at games, but the health and safety of our fans and the general public is paramount, so we need to work within the restrictions on mass gatherings set out by Government and health authorities.
While the initial games will be in empty stadiums, is there a chance that some fans will be able to attend later in the competition?
Rugby will continue to take our lead from the NZ Government and be guided by the health experts. We are operating in a fast-moving environment but must continue to put the health and safety of our people first.
Will there be any changes to match kick off times?
Yes, the two kick off times in Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa are Saturday's at 5:05pm and Sunday's at 3:05pm.