The archetypal 9 rounds of the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season volition diagnostic Australian and New Zealand derbies aft contention organisers unveiled a revamped docket for 2022 today.
New Zealand's effect to the Omicron outbreak successful Australia meant the borders wouldn't let the archetypal gully to beryllium fulfilled.
Instead, the archetypal crossover games are present slated for week 10, erstwhile each 12 clubs volition converge connected Melbourne for a 'Super Round.'
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The 2 caller Pacific teams volition diagnostic connected the opening nighttime of the contention connected February 18 with Moana Pasifika playing the Blues and the Waratahs taking connected Fijian Drua.
The caller docket retains the aforesaid contention format announced successful November with a afloat circular robin and azygous points table.
"We're pleased to beryllium capable to corroborate the revised gully for Super Rugby Pacific," Rugby Australia main enforcement Andy Marinos said.
"We judge these changes volition let america to navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, portion ensuring we support the integrity of the gully and the format of the caller Super Rugby Pacific competition.
"It's been a challenging situation implicit the past 2 years, but we're thankful to our teams and our partners successful New Zealand Rugby, SANZAAR and our broadcasters for their enactment arsenic we worked done this process together.
"This is an breathtaking caller epoch for rugby successful the Pacific and I would promote each fans to get retired and enactment their teams and motion up to drawback each the enactment connected Stan Sport."
Family affable day kickoffs are different diagnostic of the gully with 23 daytime games.
NZ Rugby's Chris Lendrum thanked RA for their "understanding, patience and flexibility."
"We are thrilled that we've been capable to support the integrity of the gully with the cardinal elements of Super Rugby Pacific remaining contempt the disruptions caused by COVID-19," Lendrum said.
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"We judge the afloat round-robin schedule, the Super Round, bye rounds, themed rounds and playoffs were each captious to clasp successful revising the schedule.
"The play opener betwixt Moana Pasifika and the Blues shapes arsenic an historical juncture successful Auckland, arsenic does the Fijian Drua's archetypal lucifer against the Waratahs connected the aforesaid night."
All 91 matches volition beryllium shown ad-free, unrecorded and connected request connected Stan Sport with Saturday night's crippled simulcast free-to-air connected the Nine Network.
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