June 11, 2020 / 9:46 AM / a month ago

FACTBOX-Rugby-Super Rugby Aotearoa

    WELLINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - Factbox on Super Rugby
Aotearoa, which kicks off on June 13 and will be the first
professional rugby union competition to be played since the
coronavirus shutdown:
    
    SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
    * Established as a domestic-only competition after
restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus
resulted in Super Rugby being postponed in mid-March after seven
weeks of matches. 
    * All five New Zealand Super Rugby teams will play each
other home and away over 10 weeks of competition.
    * There are no playoffs or final. 
      
    EXPERIMENTAL RULES
    * A draw at the end of the regulation 80-minutes will result
in golden-point extra time. 
    * The first team to score through a try, penalty or drop
goal wins the game.
    * Players who receive a red card can be replaced by another
player 20 minutes after they were sent off. 
    
    FIXTURES (kickoff GMT)
 June 13 Otago Highlanders v Waikato Chiefs, Dunedin (0705)
 June 14 Auckland Blues v Wellington Hurricanes, Auckland (0335)
 June 20 Waikato Chiefs v Auckland Blues, Hamilton (0705)
 June 21 Wellington Hurricanes v Canterbury Crusaders,
Wellington (0335)
 June 27 Auckland Blues v Otago Highlanders, Auckland (0705)
 June 28 Canterbury Crusaders v Waikato Chiefs, Christchurch
(0335)
 July 4  Otago Highlanders v Canterbury Crusaders, Dunedin
(0705)
 July 5  Waikato Chiefs v Wellington Hurricanes, Hamilton (0335)
 July 11 Canterbury Crusaders v Auckland Blues, Christchurch
(0705)
 July 12 Wellington Hurricanes v Otago Highlanders, Wellington
(0335)
 July 18 Wellington Hurricanes v Auckland Blues, Wellington
(0705)
 July 19 Waikato Chiefs v Otago Highlanders, Hamilton (0335)
 July 25 Canterbury Crusaders v Wellington Hurricanes,
Christchurch (0705)
 July 26 Auckland Blues v Waikato Chiefs, Auckland (0335)
 Aug  1  Waikato Chiefs v Canterbury Crusaders, Hamilton (0705)
 Aug  2  Otago Highlanders v Auckland Blues, Dunedin (0335)
 Aug  8  Wellington Hurricanes v Waikato Chiefs, Wellington
(0705)
 Aug  9  Canterbury Crusaders v Otago Highlanders, Christchurch
(0335)
 Aug 15  Otago Highlanders v Wellington Hurricanes, Dunedin
(0705)
 Aug 16  Auckland Blues v Canterbury Crusaders, Auckland (0335)
     
 

 (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Toby Davis)
  
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