New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick-off next month

The opening game will take place on 13th June
The opening game will take place on 13th June

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed that Super Rugby Aotearoa competition will kick-off on 13th June.

The local tournament of NZR will have all of New Zealand's Super Rugby teams and will consist of 10 rounds with two matches every weekend played under closed stadium.

The decision to unveil the tournament after the government had reduced the restrictions in the country to level two which allows sports to resume without spectators.

"The thought of five world-class Kiwi teams battling it out in 20 matches over 10 weeks should put a smile back on the faces of many people," NZR chief executive Mark Robinson said via statement.

"I know our players are excited and I'm sure rugby fans will be as well.

"Medical and operational staff across NZR, the Players' Association and the clubs have been working together to ensure we have detailed plans in place to protect the health and safety of everyone involved."

The opening weekend will see Highlanders host Chiefs in Dunedin on Saturday and will be followed with a clash between Blues and Hurricanes on Sunday.

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