Another Rugby Competition Is Kicking Off Next Month As The World Slowly Returns To ‘Normal’

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Following in the footsteps of their neighbours New Zealand, Australia have officially confirmed they will launch their own domestic Super Rugby competition next month.

Super Rugby AU will kick-off on July 3 at Suncorp Stadium with the Reds and the Waratahs going head-to-head before the Brumbies face the Rebels in Canberra on July 4

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Australian rugby will officially return at Suncorp Stadium on Friday July 3 with official confirmation of the Super Rugby AU competition this afternoon. The Western Force will play their first game in week two of the competition.

Teams, who will all start on zero points following the Super Rugby shutdown in March, will all play each other twice each before a two-week finals series, culminating in a September 19 grand final.

The competition will be played without crowds for the immediate future unless the advice around COVID-19 restrictions changes.

“We are excited to announce the return of professional rugby in Australia and the kick-off of Vodafone Super Rugby AU on July 3,” Rugby AU CEO Rob Clarke said.

“A huge thanks goes to our broadcast partner of 25 years, FOX SPORTS, who have backed the revised competition format for 2020 and have delivered the best possible news to rugby fans across the country today. I offer my personal thanks to Foxtel Group CEO, Patrick Delany and Head of FOX SPORTS, Peter Campbell for their ongoing support of rugby.

“We will continue to work closely with FOX SPORTS and Foxtel on the schedule for the international season following the revised Super Rugby tournament and look forward to making further exciting announcements with regards to our 2020 Test match schedule over the coming weeks.

“Our focus is now back where it should be, getting Vodafone Super Rugby AU up and running next month and watching our five Australian teams go head-to-head in week after week of Aussie derby action.

“Fans can also expect to see something different during the new season, as we use the opportunity to innovate and push the boundaries and we look forward to showcasing a new brand of Rugby throughout this 12-week competition.”

The full Super Rugby AU draw will be unveiled on Thursday.