New Zealand and Australia have agreed on the new format for the Super Rugby in 2022. In addition to teams from both countries, two new franchises from the Pacific Islands will also be included: Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua. The 12-team competition will kick off in February with a 15-week regular season and a renewed final format.
With five teams from New Zealand, five from Australia plus Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua making their debut in the competition, the 12 teams that will make up the Super Rugby Pacific will be completed.
Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Hurricanes and Chiefs will be the Kiwi representatives, while Western Force, Brumbies, Rebels, Reds and Waratahs They will do the same with Aussie rugby.
Super Rugby Pacific will begin on February 18 next year with an eight-team playoff series culminating in a final on June 18.
The teams will play 14 regular season games, each one can host seven games. There will be a table of points with those classified from one to 12 depending on the points of the competition. The top eight will qualify for a three-week playoff format, where the quarterfinals will be: 1v8, 2v7, 3v6 and 4v5, with the highest ranked team playing home.
Subsequently, the highest ranked quarter-final winners will host the semi-finals, and the highest-ranked semi-final winner will host the final. The 18-week season will end before the July international window.
We are entering an incredibly exciting new phase for rugby in the Pacific region. Trans-Tasman rivalries are crucial to our sport in the southern hemisphere, and existing Super Rugby clubs have built a wonderful history and legacy over 26 years.
While the Fiji Rugby Union is expected to announce where Fijian Drua’s home matches will be played in the coming days, New Zealand has been confirmed to host Moana Pasifika.