New look Super Rugby

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SYDNEY, September 13 – Southern hemisphere rugby chiefs on Monday revealed details of the inaugural Super 15 tournament featuring an extra team and a new, longer format aimed at drawing bigger audiences.South Africa, Australia, New Zealand Rugby (SANZAR) said teams would be split into three country-based conferences to qualify for a finals series which has been extended from two weeks to three.

Each team, including new franchise Melbourne Rebels, will play all four other sides in its country twice and four of the other five teams in each of the other conferences, also home and away.

The top team in each conference and the next three best-placed sides will qualify for a six-team finals series, with total games up from 94 to 125 — a rise of 33 percent.

"For the first time since its inception in 1996, Super Rugby will take on a whole new look in 2011," said SANZAR’s incoming chief Greg Peters.

"These changes promise to take Super Rugby to a whole new level."

Super 15 is the latest incarnation of the former Super 14 and Super 12 competitions featuring provincial teams from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

South Africa’s Northern Bulls are the reigning champions after beating Western Stormers in the last Super 14 final in May.

Week 1

Feb 18 – Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) Otago Highlanders (NZL)

Feb 18 – Melbourne Rebels (AUS) v NSW Waratahs (AUS)

Feb 19 – Auckland Blues (NZL) v Canterbury Crusaders (NZL)

Feb 19 – ACT Brumbies (AUS) v Waikato Chiefs (NZL)

Feb 19 – Coastal Sharks (RSA) v Central Cheetahs (RSA)

Feb 19 – Golden Lions (RSA) v Northern Bulls (RSA)

Feb 20 – Queensland Reds (AUS) v Western Force (AUS)

Stormers (RSA) Bye

Week 2

Feb 25 – Highlanders v Chiefs

Feb 25 – Rebels v Brumbies

Feb 25 – Cheetahs v Bulls

Feb 26 – Hurricanes v Crusaders

Feb 26 – Waratahs v Reds

Feb 26 – Sharks v Blues

Feb 26 – Stormers v Lions

Force Bye

Week 3

March 4 – Crusaders v Waratahs

March 4 – Lions v Blues

March 5 – Chiefs v Rebels

March 5 – Brumbies v Reds

March 5 – Force v Sharks

March 5 – Stormers v Cheetahs

March 5 – Bulls v Highlanders

Hurricanes Bye

Week 4

March 11 – Crusaders v Brumbies

March 11 – Rebels v Sharks

March 11 – Stormers v Highlanders

March 12 – Hurricanes v Chiefs

March 12 – Force v Blues

March 12 – Cheetahs v Lions

Bulls/Reds/Waratahs Bye

Week 5

March 18 – Chiefs v Sharks

March 18 – Reds v Rebels

March 19 – Highlanders v Crusaders

March 19 – Blues v Hurricanes

March 19 – Waratahs v Cheetahs

March 19 – Lions v Force

March 19 – Bulls v Stormers

Brumbies Bye

Week 6

March 25 – Crusaders v Sharks

March 25 – Rebels v Hurricanes

March 26 – Reds v Cheetahs

March 26 – Chiefs v Blues

March 26 – Brumbies v Waratahs

March 26 – Stormers v Force

March 26 – Bulls v Lions

Highlanders Bye

Week 7

April 1 – Highlanders v Brumbies

April 1 – Waratahs v Chiefs

April 2 – Blues v Cheetahs

April 2 – Hurricanes v Bulls

April 2 – Force v Rebels

April 2 – Lions v Reds

April 2 – Sharks v Stormers

Crusaders Bye

Week 8

April 8 – Highlanders v Cheetahs

April 9 – Crusaders v Bulls

April 9 – Brumbies v Hurricanes

April 9 – Force v Waratahs

April 9 – Stormers v Reds

April 9 – Sharks v Lions

Blues/Chiefs/Rebels Bye

Week 9

April 15 – Chiefs v Crusaders

April 15 – Rebels v Highlanders

April 16 – Blues v Waratahs

April 16 – Reds v Bulls

April 16 – Lions v Stormers

April 16 – Cheetahs v Hurricanes

April 17 – Brumbies v Force

Sharks Bye

Week 10

April 22 – Blues v Rebels

April 23 – Crusaders v Highlanders

April 23 – Reds v Waratahs

April 23 – Force v Bulls

April 23 – Sharks v Hurricanes

April 23 – Lions v Chiefs

Brumbies/Cheetahs/Stormers Bye

Week 11

April 29 – Highlanders v Blues

April 30 – Hurricanes v Reds

April 30 – Waratahs v Rebels

April 30 – Force v Crusaders

April 30 – Cheetahs v Brumbies

April 30 – Bulls v Chiefs

April 30 – Stormers v Sharks

Lions Bye

Week 12

May 6 – Hurricanes v Blues

May 6 – Rebels v Reds

May 6 – Lions v Cheetahs

May 7 – Chiefs v Highlanders

May 7 – Waratahs v Force

May 7 – Stormers v Crusaders

May 7 – Sharks v Brumbies

Bulls Bye

Week 13

May 13 – Highlanders v Hurricanes

May 13 – Reds v Blues

May 14 – Chiefs v Stormers

May 14 – Brumbies v Lions

May 14 – Bulls v Rebels

May 14 – Cheetahs v Crusaders

Force/Sharks/Waratahs Bye

Week 14

May 20 – Blues v Stormers

May 21 – Crusaders v Chiefs

May 21 – Waratahs v Lions

May 21 – Force v Brumbies

May 21 – Cheetahs v Rebels

May 21 – Sharks v Bulls

Hurricanes/Highlanders/Reds Bye

Week 15

May 27 – Hurricanes v Force

May 28 – Highlanders v Lions

May 28 – Brumbies v Stormers

May 28 – Sharks v Waratahs

May 28 – Bulls v Cheetahs

May 29 – Reds v Crusaders

Blues/Chiefs/Rebels Bye

Week 16

June 3 – Highlanders v Force

June 3 – Rebels v Stormers

June 3 – Bulls v Waratahs

June 4 – Hurricanes v Lions

June 4 – Blues v Chiefs

June 4 – Reds v Brumbies

June 4 – Cheetahs v Sharks

Crusaders bye

Week 17

June 10 – Chiefs v Hurricanes

June 10 – Brumbies v Rebels

June 11 – Crusaders v Blues

June 11 – Waratahs v Highlanders

June 11 – Force v Reds

June 11 – Lions v Sharks

June 11 – Stormers v Bulls

Cheetahs bye

Week 18

June 17 – Blues v Highlanders

June 17 – Rebels v Force

June 18 – Chiefs v Reds

June 18 – Crusaders v Hurricanes

June 18 – Waratahs v Brumbies

June 18 – Bulls v Sharks

June 18 – Cheetahs v Stormers

Lions bye

Week 19

Qualifiers

June 24

June 25

Week 20

Semi-finals

July 1

July 2

Week 21

Final

July 9

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