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2019 Super Rugby: Fixtures And A Breakdown Of How It Works

Plan your Super Rugby viewing way ahead with our comprehensive fixture list for the 2019 season.

Super Rugby is back, kicking off on Friday 15 February 2019 and promising another 18 weeks of exhilarating rugby action. Capetonians should prepare their Stormers jerseys as  our boys take on their nemesis The Bulls at Loftus Versveld on Saturday 16 February 2019 in their first Super Rugby fixture for 2019.


THE FORMAT
League
The format remains the same as it was last year, with 15 teams competing in a league format, before a knockout phase starts. The 15 teams are further divided into three regional conference groups (SA, Aus and NZ) of five, which runs concurrently with the overall 15 team log. All 15 franchises will play each other twice (home and away) with teams getting four points for a win, two for a draw and one bonus point if they score three more tries than their opponent, or lose by seven points or less.

Knockout Phase
The standings on both the conference and overall logs determine which teams progress to the knockout phase. The conference group winners go straight through to the quarter-finals, while the standings in the 15 team log determine the other five quarter-finalists.

The league section of the competition is set up so that the three conference toppers naturally sit at the top of the overall log as well. From there, the fourth placed team in the overall standings becomes the best wildcard quarter-finalist, while positions five to eight make up the quarter-final remaining spots .

SUPERHERO RUGBY
During South African derbies, teams will don their Marvel Superhero kits. The Stormers will wear a Thor-themed jersey, the Sharks a Black Panther-themed jersey, the Bulls play as Captain America and the Lions play as Spiderman.

TICKETS TO THE 2018 SUPER RUGBY FIXTURES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Tickets are available online at various ticketing sites, or if you’re attending Super Rugby matches in Cape Town, tickets are also available at the DHL Newlands Stadium from the Tuesday before match day. For all the other teams’ match tickets, please visit the respective teams’ websites. Prices are still to be confirmed.

THE SUPER RUGBY CONFERENCES AND THEIR TEAM

South African Conference:

  • Stormers: Cape Town’s boys in blue, coached by Robbie Fleck and captained by Siya Kolisi. Let’s show our support for the team this year. The Stormers’ home ground is DHL Newlands.

  • Bulls: This Pretoria-based team has a new coach in Pote Human and a new captain in Lood De Jager. The Bulls won the Super Rugby title in 2007, 2009 and 2010. The Bulls’ home ground is at Loftus Versfeld.

  • Lions: Joburg’s Super Rugby contender is coached by Swys de Bruin and captained by Warren Whiteley. The Lions call Emirates Airline Park home.

  • Sharks: This Durban side is coached by Robert du Preez with Louis Schreuder coming in as the captain. Their home ground is GrowthPoint Kings Park.

  • Jaguares: This Argentinian team is part of the South African conference and their new head coach is Gonzalo Quesada while their captain is Jeronimo De La Fuente. The team first joined Super Rugby in 2016.

New Zealand Conference:

  • Crusaders: Based at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, the Crusaders have won the Super Rugby a whopping eight times: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017. They are headed by coach Scott Robertson and captain Sam Whitelock.

  • Chiefs: The Chiefs are based in Hamilton at FMG Stadium Waikato and won the Super Rugby in 2012 and 2013. Their head coach is Colin Cooper while they have two captains, Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden.

  • Blues: The Blues call Eden Park in Auckland home. They took the Super Rugby trophy in 1996, 1997 and 2003. Their coach is Tana Umaga and their captain is Augustine Pulu.

  • Highlanders: Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is the home of the Highlanders. In 2015, they came out tops to win the Super Rugby. Their head coach is Aaron Mauger and the captains are Ben Smith and Ash Dixon.

  • Hurricanes: The Hurricanes call Westpac Stadium in Wellington home. They won the Super Rugby in 2016 for first time. The team is headed up by coach John Plumtree while Dane Coles is the captain.

Australian Conference:

  • Brumbies: The Brumbies’ home ground is GIO Stadium in Canberra and they won the Super Rugby in 2001 and 2004. Their coach is Dan McKellar while their captains are Sam Carter and Christian Lealiifano.

  • Melbourne Rebels: As noted in their name, the Melbourne Rebels are based at AAMI Park  in Melbourne. Dave Wessels is the head coach while Dane Haylett-Petty is the captain.

  • Reds: The Reds call Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane home.. They won the Super Rugby title in 2011. Brad Thorn is the head coach while Scott Higginbotham is the captain.

  • Waratahs: Allianz Stadium in Sydney is the home of the Waratahs. They won the Super Rugby title in 2014. Their coach is Daryl Gibson and the captain is Michael Hooper.

  • Sunwolves: This Japanese team is based at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo. They joined Super Rugby in 2016. Their head coach is Tony Brown and the team has two captains, Craig Millar and Willie Britz.

FIXTURE LIST
Week 1
Friday 15 February
08:35
Chiefs vs Highlanders
FMG Stadium Waikato

Friday 15 February
10:45
Brumbies vs Rebels
GIO Stadium 

Saturday 16 February
08:35
Blues vs Crusaders
Eden Park

Saturday 16 February
10:45
Waratahs vs Hurricanes
Brookvale Oval

Saturday 16 February
12:55
Sunwolves vs Sharks
Singapore National Stadium

Saturday 16 February
17:15
Bulls vs Stormers
Loftus Versfeld

Saturday 16 February
23:40
Jaguares vs Lions
Estadio José Amalfitani

Week 2
Friday 22 February 
08:35
Highlanders vs Reds
Forsyth Barr Stadium

Saturday 23 February
06:15
Sunwolves vs Waratahs
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium

Saturday 23 February
08:35
Crusaders vs Hurricanes
Rugby League Park

Saturday 23 February
10:45
Brumbies vs Chiefs
GIO Stadium

Saturday 23 February
15:05
Sharks vs Blues
Kings Park Stadium

Saturday 23 February
17:15
Stormers vs Lions
Newlands Stadium

Saturday 23 February
23:40
Jaguares vs Bulls
Estadio José Amalfitani

Week 3
Friday 01 March
08:35
Hurricanes vs Brumbies
Central Energy Trust Arena

Friday 01 March
10:45
Rebels vs Highlanders
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Saturday 02 March
08:35
Chiefs vs Sunwolves
FMG Stadium Waikato

Saturday 02 March
10:45
Reds vs Crusaders
Suncorp Stadium

Saturday 02 March 
15:05
Lions vs Bulls
Ellis Park Stadium

Saturday 02 March 
17:15
Sharks vs Stormers
Kings Park Stadium

Saturday 02 March 
23:40
Jaguares vs Blues
Estadio José Amalfitani

Week 4
Friday 08 March
08:35
Hurricanes vs Highlanders
Wellington Regional Stadium

Friday 08 March
10:45
Rebels vs Brumbies
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Saturday 09 March
06:15
Crusaders vs Chiefs
Rugby League Park

Saturday 09 March 
08:35
Blues vs Sunwolves
North Harbour Stadium

Saturday 09 March 
10:45
Waratahs vs Reds
SCG

Saturday 09 March 
15:05
Lions vs Jaguares
Ellis Park Stadium

Saturday 09 March 
17:15
Bulls vs Sharks
Loftus Versfeld

Week 5
Friday 15 March
08:35
Chiefs vs Hurricanes
FMG Stadium Waikato

Friday 15 March 
10:45
Brumbies vs Waratahs
GIO Stadium

Friday 15 March 
19:10
Stormers vs Jaguares
Newlands Stadium

Saturday 16 March
06:15
Sunwolves vs Reds
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium

Saturday 16 March 
08:35
Highlanders vs Crusaders
Forsyth Barr Stadium

Saturday 16 March
15:05
Lions vs Rebels
Ellis Park Stadium

Week 6
Friday 22 March
08:35
Blues vs Highlanders
Eden Park

Saturday 23 March
08:35
Hurricanes vs Stormers
Wellington Regional Stadium

Saturday 23 March 
10:45
Waratahs vs Crusaders
SCG

Saturday 23 March
12:55
Sunwolves vs Lions
Singapore National Stadium

Saturday 23 March
15:05
Bulls vs Chiefs
Loftus Versfeld

Saturday 23 March
17:15
Sharks vs Rebels
Kings Park Stadium

Sunday 24 March
07:05
Reds vs Brumbies
Suncorp Stadium

Week 7
Friday 29 March
08:35
Hurricanes vs Crusaders
Wellington Regional Stadium

Friday 29 March 
10:45
Waratahs vs Sunwolves
Newcastle International Sports Centre

Saturday 30 March
08:35
Blues vs Stormers
Eden Park

Saturday 30 March 
10:45
Reds vs Rebels
Suncorp Stadium

Saturday 30 March 
15:05
Sharks vs Bulls
Kings Park Stadium

Saturday 30 March 
23:40
Jaguares vs Chiefs
Estadio José Amalfitani

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Say kon'nichiwa and discover Japanese culture at the rugby edition of Japan Day.

Superhero fans big and small will love watching their heroes in super new Marvel kit at the Super Hero Super Rugby Sunday.

Cape Town has a variety of sports for you to choose from.

Check out where you can watch rugby in Cape Town.

There are a few sports clubs in the Mother City for you to check out.

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