Repeat of 2023 final in Hamilton to kick off Super Rugby Pacific in 2024

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Crusaders captain Scott Barrett with the Super Rugby Pacific trophy.

Super Rugby Pacific champions the Crusaders will kick off their 2024 campaign against New Zealand rivals the Chiefs at FMG Stadium in Hamilton on Friday, February 23.

Tournament organisers confirmed a rematch of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific final as the opening game for the 2024 season after announcing the draw for next year’s competition on Wednesday.

That highly anticipated encounter will be followed by a clash between the Rebels and Brumbies in Melbourne before four more matches take place on Saturday, February 24, with the opening round’s action concluding when traditional Australian rivals the Reds and Waratahs do battle at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

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Round Two will once again see the tournament move to Melbourne for its Super Round as all 12 sides come together for a three-day festival of rugby at AAMI Park.

After a successful debut last season, ‘Kids Round’ will also be back in Round Five as the game puts a spotlight on the up-and-coming generation of players, pundits and supporters.

Last season’s finalists will meet again in Round Six, when the Crusaders host the Chiefs in a Good Friday fixture in Christchurch. That fixture will kick off a blockbuster Easter Weekend of Super Rugby Pacific action.

ANZAC Day will be honoured in Round 10 while Culture Round in Round 12 will see the tournament celebrate the diverse communities and traditions brought together by rugby.

Meanwhile, the 2023 quarter-finalists Fijian Drua will play their seven home games in Fiji while Moana Pasifika are currently looking at exciting opportunities to host fixtures in Samoa and other venues across the Pacific.

The 2024 draw will see the 12 franchises playing 14 games during the regular season, consisting of 11 round robin games and three additional rivalry clashes, followed by an eight-team finals series.

Super Rugby Pacific tournament director Matt Barlow is looking forward to the 2024 campaign.

“Super Rugby Pacific continues to set the bar as the most entertaining professional club competition in the world and it’s exciting to launch the draw for 2024,” he said.

“The 84-match regular season showcases the fastest and most free-flowing rugby on the planet with world class talent on show across the squads.

Competition has grown since its inception

“As we enter the third year of Super Rugby Pacific it’s exciting to see how far the competition has come, how fans have engaged, how law variations have improved the flow of the game, and how richly the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika have enhanced the tournament.

“The announcement of the match schedule and venues for the 2024 edition of the Super Rugby Pacific tournament will allow fans to plan their attendance and get set to follow their favourite teams and players.

“We will once again see matches played in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand, whilst we continue to work with our teams in potentially confirming matches in other countries throughout the Pacific region.

“Super Rugby Pacific 2024 promises to be the most competitive and most engaging competition ever seen and I can’t wait for kick off.”

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