The pre-season campaign kicks off on Friday January 17 with the Chiefs and Blues squaring off in the holiday hot spot of Waihi. The Highlanders also kick-off their pre-season campaign that day, but over the ditch in Australia where they will face the Waratahs in Sydney.
The action continues to heat up the very next day with the Crusaders hosting the Hurricanes in Ashburton at the family-friendly time of 4pm. This game will be live streamed on the Crusaders social media channels.
It’s a ‘Fantastic Friday’ on 24 January with all five New Zealand teams in action.
The Chiefs are the first to kick off with an inter-squad match at their headquarters in Ruakura.
Fittingly as we lead into the 25th year of Super Rugby, fans on the North Shore will experience a blast from the past when the Blues host the Hurricanes at North Shore’s Onewa Domain. Rugby fans will remember Onewa Domain well from the 1990s when it played host to many of North Harbour’s most memorable matches in the domestic competition.
The Super Rugby pre-season rounds out that evening in Wanaka where the Highlanders host the Crusaders in what is set to be another epic southern clash.
Check your team’s website and social media accounts for ticketing information on all pre-season fixtures.
2020 pre-season schedule
Highlanders v Waratahs, Friday 17 January, Sydney (Venue and time TBC)
Chiefs v Blues, 3pm Friday 17 January, Waihi
Crusaders v Hurricanes, 4pm Saturday 18 January, Ashburton
Blues v Hurricanes, 3pm Friday 24 January, Onewa Domain, North Shore
Chiefs v Chiefs (inter-squad match), 2.30pm Friday 24 January, Chiefs HQ, Ruakura, Hamilton
Highlanders v Crusaders, 6pm, Friday 24 January, Wanaka