The Super Rugby contest was forced To suspend its season in March as a consequence of the coronavirus shutdown, leaving Australian rugby fans without rugby for more than three weeks
Since then, rugby in Australia has been through a turbulent period, which saw CEO Raelene Castle sacked, an uprising from former Wallabies along with a host of gamers leave the fighting code.
However, the sport is beginning to turn the corner with the creation of Super Rugby Australia.
With the rivalry set to start on July 3, this really is all you need to know about Super Rugby Australia.
HOW TO WATCH SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
For those wanting to watch the new competition on television, Foxtel will broadcast every match of the regular season on Fox Sports, including the finals.
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA ROUND FOUR TEAM LISTS
NSW Waratahs v Melbourne Rebels, Friday 7:05 pm, SCG
Waratahs squad (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ned Hanigan, Rob Simmons, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Jack Dempsey, Mitch Short, Will Harrison, Alex Newsome, Karmichael Hunt, Joey Walton, James Ramm, Jack Maddocks
Reserves: Joe Cotton, Tetera Faulkner, Chris Talakai, Tom Staniforth, Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Ben Donaldson.
Rebels squad (1-15): Cameron Orr, Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa’amausili, Matt Philip, Trevor Hosea, Josh Kemeny, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Ryan Louwrens, Matt Toomua, Marika Koroibete, Billy Meakes, Reece Hodge, Andrew Kellaway, Dane Haylett-Petty
Reserves: Efi Ma’afu, Matt Gibbon, Jermaine Ainsley, Michael Stolberg, Esei Haangana, Robert Leota, Frank Lomani, Andrew Deegan
Western Force v ACT Brumbies, Saturday 7:15, Leichardt Oval
Force squad (1-15): Angus Wagner, Feleti Kaitu’u, Kieran Longbottom, Jeremy Thrush, Fergus Lee Warner, Henry Stowers, Tevin Ferris, Brynard Stander, Nick Frisby, Jono Lance, Brad Lacey, Henry Taefu, Marcel Brache, Byron Ralston, Jack McGregor
Reserves: Andrew Ready, Chris Heiberg, Tom Sheminant, Ollie Atkins, Ollie Callan, Jacob Abel, Richard Kahui, Kyle Godwin
ACT Brumbies Squad (1-15): Scott Sio, Folau Faingaa, Allan Alaalatoa, Murray Douglas, Nick Frost, Rob Valetini, Will Miller, Pete Samu, Joe Powell, Bayley Kuenzle, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Tevita Kuridrani, Solomone Kata, Tom Banks
Reserves: Connal McInerney, Harry Lloyd, James Slipper, Ben Hyne, Lachlan McCaffrey, Issak Fines, Mack Hansen, Andy Muirhead
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA FIXTURES
Super Rugby Australia will start from July 3, with the Reds and Waratahs kicking off the action at Suncorp Stadium, followed by the Brumbies going up against the Rebels in Canberra. The Force have received a first-round bye and will open their season against the Waratahs on July 11.
Each team will play each other twice before a two-week playoff round to conclude the season, with a grand final scheduled for September 19.
The full Super Rugby fixtures are as followed:
Friday 3 July – Reds v Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 4 July – Brumbies v Rebels, GIO Stadium, Canberra – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Force
Friday 10 July – Rebels v Reds, Brookvale Oval, Sydney – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 11 July – Waratahs v Western Force, SCG, Sydney – 7:05pm AEST
Bye – Brumbies
Friday 17 July – Reds v Western Force, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 18 July – Waratahs v Brumbies, ANZ Stadium, Sydney – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Rebels
Friday 24 July – Rebels v Waratahs, SCG, Sydney – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 25 July – Western Force v Brumbies, Leichardt Oval, Sydney– 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Reds
Friday 31 July – Western Force v Rebels, HBF Park, Perth – 7:05pm AEST (5.05pm local)
Saturday 1 August – Brumbies v Reds, GIO Stadium, Canberra – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Waratahs
Friday 7 August – Rebels v Brumbies, AAMI Park, Melbourne – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 8 August – Waratahs v Reds, TBC, Sydney – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Force
Friday 14 August – Western Force v Waratahs, HBF Park, Perth* – 7.05pm AEST (5.05pm local)
Saturday 15 August – Reds v Rebels, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 7.15pm AEST
Bye – Brumbies
Friday 21 August – Western Force v Reds, HBF Park, Perth* – 7:05pm AEST (5.05pm local)
Saturday 22 August – Brumbies v Waratahs, GIO Stadium, Canberra – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Rebels
Friday 28 August – Brumbies v Western Force, GIO Stadium, Canberra – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 29 August – Waratahs v Rebels, TBC, Sydney – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Reds
Friday 4 September – Rebels v Western Force, AAMI Park, Melbourne – 7:05pm AEST
Saturday 5 September – Reds v Brumbies, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 7:15pm AEST
Bye – Waratahs
SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA FINALS
Saturday, September 12 – Qualifying final
Saturday, September 19 – Final
NEW RULES IN SUPER RUGBY AUSTRALIA
As the sport continues to innovate in order to make the game more exciting, a series of new rules and regulations have been implemented for Super Rugby Australia.
Amongst the changes, teams will have the ability to replace a red-carded player after 20 minutes along with the introduction of “Super Time” for matches that are drawn at 80 minutes.
Also, there is added emphasis on attacking kicking, with teams awarded the lineout for 50/22 and 22/50 kicks.
Referees will also be cracking down on policing the breakdown, limiting the number of scrum resets and being on the lookout for cynical plays.
Click here for a full explanation of the rule changes.
SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA AND SOUTH AFRICA
Whilst Super Rugby Australia is yet to kick-off, Super Rugby Aotearoa kicked off the return of rugby as the five New Zealand teams faced off.
With the restrictions all but removed in New Zealand, fans packed the stadiums for the return of rugby, with the Highlanders commencing the season with a 28-27 win over the Chiefs . Replacement back Bryn Gatland condemned his dad and Chiefs coach Warren to the late loss with a 78th-minute drop goal.
Currently, the Blues hold the top spot on the Super Rugby Aotearoa ladder after winning their opening two matches against the Hurricanes and Chiefs.
As for the South Africa version of the competition, they are yet to be allowed to return, with mid-August the slated date for their competition.
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