Super Rugby Aupiki draw released for first season of 2022

New Zealand Women’s Rugby will open a new chapter on March 5 when the first-ever Super Rugby Aupiki match takes place at Eden Park.

New Zealand Rugby [NZR] announced the draw for Friday’s inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki season, with the Blues set to play the first game of the competition against Chiefs Manawa in Auckland on the first Saturday in March.

The match will serve as a curtain for the Super Rugby Pacific clash between the men’s teams from each franchise, which kicks off later that afternoon at Eden Park.

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The next day, the Hurricanes will open their Super Rugby Aupiki account against Matat?, a South Island composite team made up of players from the Crusaders and Highlanders regions, at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch.

The debut season of Super Rugby Aupiki will consist of three rounds with all four teams playing against each other once, with the top two teams playing each other in a one-off final on March 26 or 27.

Round three of the competition will be a Super Round, with all matches – Blues vs Matat? and Chiefs Manawa vs Hurricanes – will be staged at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.

“This year is going to be something we’ve never seen before when it comes to women’s play and Super Rugby Aupiki is a great way to get things started,” said Chris Lendrum, NZR’s general manager of professional rugby and performance.

“We have seen the four clubs put together strong, exciting teams and this draw was the final piece of the puzzle before the competition launched in March.

“We look forward to seeing New Zealand get behind the players and teams and really set this first season as a benchmark for years to come.”

The confirmation of the Super Rugby Aupiki draw will take place in the same year that New Zealand will host the women’s edition of the Rugby World Cup between October and November.

All Super Rugby Aupiki matches are broadcast live in New Zealand on Sky Sport, as well as on the free channel Prime.

Draw Super Rugby Aupiki 2022

Round one
Saturday March 5th
Blues v Chiefs Manawa, Eden Park, kickoff 1:45 PM

Sunday March 6
Mataat? v Hurricanes, Orangetheory Stadium, kick-off at 3:45 PM

Round two
Saturday March 12
Hurricanes v Blues, Sky Stadium, kickoff 1:45 PM

Sunday 13 March
Chiefs Manawa v Matat?, FMG Stadium, kick-off at 3:45 PM

Round Three – Super Round – FMG Stadium
Saturday March 19
Blues v Matat?, kick-off 13:45
Chiefs Manawa v Hurricanes, kick-off 4:35 PM

Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 March


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