The 27th competition will be broadcast ad-free, 2022 Super Rugby Pacific live and on-demand on Nine’s subscriptions service Stan Sport, kicking off in February next year. The Crusaders play the Highlanders in Weston on February 4 in Weston in their first pre-season game, before hosting the Hurricanes in Blenheim the following week.
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After 2021 rugby season which saw Stan Sport send off with the transmission of an Australian-just Super Rugby Australia and New Zealand-based contest Super Rugby Aotearoa, the 2022 season unites the two rivalries and furthermore invites two groups from Fiji.
Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika will join the five groups from every one of Australia and New Zealand for the 91-game rivalry, with one match for each round to be displayed on the allowed to-air Nine Network.
Fijian Drua contended in the Australia National Ruby Championship in 2018, and won the title, the group will set up base in Australia for the opposition. In the interim, Moana Pasifika will play home apparatuses basically in New Zealand.
Stan acting CEO, Martin Kugeler, said: “After a phenomenal beginning for Rugby on Stan Sport, we are anticipating exhibiting the new Super Rugby rivalry design.
“We saw interest and viewership of Super Rugby essentially increment this year on Stan Sport and Nine, and we anticipate this new twelve group rivalry, with the expansion of both Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika, to reverberate well with fans.
“As Australia’s home of rugby, Stan Sport can hardly wait to bring this new look Super Rugby rivalry to fans one year from now.”
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Rugby Australia CEO, Andy Marinos, added: “We’re excited to affirm the opposition model for the following year and then some and need to express gratitude toward NZR for their diligent effort and exertion alongside Fijian and Moana Pasifika for their understanding, and the work that has been placed into their recommendations.
“I need to say thanks to Mike and Martin at Nine and Stan for their underwriting of the opposition just as Foreign Minister Marise Payne and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their marvelous help.
“This is a distinct advantage for Rugby in the Pacific, and for sure, the remainder of the Rugby world. We have seen the splendid rugby that Fiji play in all arrangements of the game and their consideration will make this new contest one of the hardest on the planet.”