Super Rugby Aotearoa will have fans in stadium in full strength as the New Zealand government has eased down all the restrictions created following the pandemic coronavirus.
Super Rugby like other sports has been on suspension since March creating a financial crisis to New Zealand board following which they decided to come up with a local version of the competition involving five teams.
The tournament will kick-off on 13th June with two games every weekend will run for 10 weeks.
"We're incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sports competition in the world to be in a position to have our teams play in front of their fans again," said New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson.
"It's going to be a very special and unique competition and it's fitting that New Zealanders now have a chance to be part of it."
Even though border travel restrictions are still in place, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday to bring down the restrictions to level 1 which meant the crowd need not following social distancing and other measures which has been in place since the outbreak of Covid-19.
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“The world will be watching and we will be ready to put on a show,” said Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark.
“Our players, coaches and staff have been working overtime to get Super Rugby Aotearoa ready and to now be able to share the competition with our members and our fans will be a very special occasion.”