Super 15 Rugby Match Schedule for 2011

Rugby fans in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are patiently waiting for the start of the 2011 Super Rugby season. The Bulls are the defending Super 14 champions at the moment. They beat the Stormers in May 2010 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto to win their 3rd Super Rugby title. The Super 14 tournament has been renamed to the Super 15, the main reason being the addition of a 5th Australian team (the Melbourne Rebels) to the competition. The format of the competition has also been changed and the amount of matches have been increased from 94 to 124. The Super 15 will have more local derbies and will include an extended finals series. From now on the tournament will run until July in a Rugby World cup year and until August in non-World Cup years. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will each host at least 40 matches. The Super 15 will have 3 pools or geographic conferences (each containing 5 teams). Australia, South Africa and New Zealand will each host one pool. The 3-week finals series will be involving 6 teams (as opposed to the current 2-week playoffs for 4 teams). At the end of the regular season matches, the top team in each conference will qualify for the finals. The other 3 teams to qualify will be the sides with the most number of competition points (regardless in which Conference they are based). The Conference winners are also ensured of a home finals match. Therefore, at least one finals match will be played in each country each year.

This is the complete 2011 Super 15 Match Schedule for the round robin matches:

Match Date Team 1 Team 2 Location Kick-Off
18 February 2011 Hurricanes Highlanders Wellington 08:35
18 February 2011 Rebels Waratahs Melbourne 10:40
19 February 2011 Blues Crusaders Auckland 08:35
19 February 2011 Brumbies Chiefs Canberra 10:40
19 February 2011 Sharks Cheetahs Durban 17:05
19 February 2011 Lions Bulls Johannesburg 19:10
20 February 2011 Reds Western Force Brisbane 08:40
25 February 2011 Highlanders Chiefs Dunedin 08:35
25 February 2011 Rebels Brumbies Melbourne 10:40
25 February 2011 Cheetahs Bulls Bloemfontein 19:10
26 February 2011 Hurricanes Crusaders Wellington 08:35
26 February 2011 Waratahs Reds Sydney (ANZ) 10:40
26 February 2011 Sharks v Blues Blues Durban 17:05
26 February 2011 Stormers Lions Cape Town 19:10
4 March 2011 Crusaders Waratahs Christchurch 08:35
4 March 2011 Lions Blues Johannesburg 19:10
5 March 2011 Chiefs Rebels Hamilton 08:35
5 March 2011 Brumbies Reds Canberra 10:40
5 March 2011 Western Force Sharks Perth 13:05
5 March 2011 Stormers Cheetahs Cape Town 17:05
5 March 2011 Bulls Highlanders Pretoria 19:10
11 March 2011 Crusaders Brumbies Christchurch 08:35
11 March 2011 Rebels Sharks Melbourne 10:40
11 March 2011 Stormers Highlanders Cape Town 19:10
12 March 2011 Hurricanes Chiefs Wellington 08:35
12 March 2011 Western Force Blues Perth 13:05
12 March 2011 Cheetahs Lions Bloemfontein 17:05
18 March 2011 Chiefs Sharks Hamilton 08:35
18 March 2011 Reds Rebels Brisbane 11:40
19 March 2011 Highlanders Crusaders Dunedin 06:30
19 March 2011 Blues Hurricanes Auckland 08:35
19 March 2011 Waratahs Cheetahs Sydney 10:40
19 March 2011 Lions Western Force Johannesburg 17:05
19 March 2011 Bulls Stormers Pretoria 19:10
25 March 2011 Crusaders Sharks Christchurch 08:35
25 March 2011 Rebels Hurricanes Melbourne 10:40
26 March 2011 Reds Cheetahs Brisbane 06:40
26 March 2011 Chiefs Blues Hamilton 08:35
26 March 2011 Brumbies Waratahs Canberra 10:40
26 March 2011 Stormers Western Force Cape Town 15:00
26 March 2011 Bulls Lions Pretoria 17:05
1 April 2011 Highlanders Brumbies Invercargill 08:35
1 April 2011 Waratahs Chiefs Sydney 10:40
2 April 2011 Blues Cheetahs Auckland 06:30
2 April 2011 Hurricanes Bulls Napier 08:35
2 April 2011 Western Force Rebels Perth 13:05
2 April 2011 Lions Reds Johannesburg 15:00
2 April 2011 Sharks Stormers Durban 17:05
8 April 2011 Highlanders Cheetahs Dunedin 09:35
9 April 2011 Crusaders Bulls Christchurch 09:35
9 April 2011 Brumbies Hurricanes Canberra 11:40
9 April 2011 Western Force Waratahs Perth 14:05
9 April 2011 Stormers Reds Cape Town 17:05
9 April 2011 Sharks Lions Durban 19:10
15 April 2011 Chiefs Crusaders Tauranga 09:35
15 April 2011 Rebels Highlanders Melbourne 11:40
16 April 2011 Blues Waratahs Auckland 09:35
16 April 2011 Reds Bulls Brisbane 11:40
16 April 2011 Lions Stormers Johannesburg 17:05
16 April 2011 Cheetahs Hurricanes Bloemfontein 19:10
17 April 2011 Brumbies Western Force Canberra 08:10
22 April 2011 Blues Rebels North Harbour 09:35
23 April 2011 Crusaders Highlanders Christchurch 09:35
23 April 2011 Reds Waratahs Brisbane 11:40
23 April 2011 Western Force Bulls Perth 14:05
23 April 2011 Sharks Hurricanes Durban 17:05
23 April 2011 Lions Chiefs Johannesburg 19:10
29 April 2011 Highlanders Blues Dunedin 09:35
30 April 2011 Hurricanes Reds Wellington 09:35
30 April 2011 Waratahs Rebels Sydney 11:40
30 April 2011 Western Force Crusaders Perth 14:05
30 April 2011 Cheetahs Brumbies Bloemfontein 15:00
30 April 2011 Bulls Chiefs Pretoria 17:05
30 April 2011 Stormers Sharks Cape Town 19:10
6 May 2011 Hurricanes Blues Wellington 09:35
6 May 2011 Rebels Reds Melbourne 11:40
6 May 2011 Lions Cheetahs Johannesburg 19:10
7 May 2011 Chiefs Highlanders Hamilton 09:35
7 May 2011 Waratahs Western Force Sydney 11:40
7 May 2011 Stormers Crusaders Cape Town 17:05
7 May 2011 Sharks Brumbies Durban 19:10
13 May 2011 Highlanders Hurricanes Invercargill 09:35
13 May 2011 Reds Blues Brisbane 11:40
14 May 2011 Chiefs Stormers Hamilton 09:35
14 May 2011 Brumbies Lions Canberra 11:40
14 May 2011 Bulls Rebels Pretoria 17:05
14 May 2011 Cheetahs Crusaders Bloemfontein 19:10
20 May 2011 Blues Stormers Auckland 09:35
21 May 2011 Crusaders Chiefs Christchurch 09:35
21 May 2011 Waratahs Lions Sydney 11:40
21 May 2011 Western Force Brumbies Perth 14:05
21 May 2011 Cheetahs Rebels Bloemfontein 17:05
21 May 2011 Sharks Bulls Durban 19:10
27 May 2011 Hurricanes Western Force Palmerston Nth 09:35
28 May 2011 Highlanders Lions Dunedin 09:35
28 May 2011 Brumbies Stormers Canberra 11:40
28 May 2011 Sharks Waratahs Durban 17:05
28 May 2011 Bulls Cheetahs Pretoria 19:10
29 May 2011 Reds Crusaders Brisbane 08:10
3 June 2011 Highlanders Western Force Dunedin 09:35
3 June 2011 Rebels Stormers Melbourne 11:40
3 June 2011 Bulls Waratahs Pretoria 19:10
4 June 2011 Hurricanes Lions Wellington 07:30
4 June 2011 Blues Chiefs Auckland 09:35
4 June 2011 Reds Brumbies Brisbane 11:40
4 June 2011 Cheetahs Sharks Bloemfontein 17:05
10 June 2011 Chiefs Hurricanes Hamilton 09:35
10 June 2011 Brumbies Rebels Canberra 11:40
11 June 2011 Crusaders Blues Christchurch 09:35
11 June 2011 Waratahs Highlanders Sydney 11:40
11 June 2011 Western Force Reds Perth 14:05
11 June 2011 Lions Sharks Johannesburg 16:05
11 June 2011 Stormers Bulls Cape Town 18:10
17 June 2011 Blues Highlanders Auckland 09:35
17 June 2011 Rebels Western Force Melbourne 11:40
18 June 2011 Chiefs Reds Hamilton 07:30
18 June 2011 Crusaders Hurricanes Christchurch 09:35
18 June 2011 Waratahs Brumbies Sydney 11:40
18 June 2011 Bulls Sharks Pretoria 17:05
18 June 2011 Cheetahs Stormers Bloemfontein 19:10

Please note that these dates, times and venues are subject to change. The schedule for the 3 week final matches will be posted closer to the team in 2011. It looks like the Super 15 is going to be a lot tougher than any Super rugby tournaments before it. Let’s hope this new format breeds some brilliant competition, sportsmanship and some excellent Rugby.

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