The 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season is an upcoming professional club rugby union tournament organized by New Zealand Rugby. Announced on 11 November 2020, the tournament will be the second season of Super Rugby Aotearoa, featuring the 5 New Zealand Super Rugby sides, and will run from 26 February to 8 May 2021.
The tournament will run parallel to Australia’s 2021 Super Rugby AU season, and Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will follow the conclusion of both seasons, a crossover tournament featuring each Australian team playing each New Zealand team once, followed by a final.
NZ Rugby is also working closely with Ruby Australia over trans-Tasman matches between respective Super Rugby sides, and more details will be released shortly.
2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa schedule:
Highlanders vs Crusaders, Dunedin – Friday 26 February, 7:05pm
Hurricanes vs Blues, Wellington – Saturday 27 February, 7:05pm
Chiefs vs Highlanders, Hamilton – Friday 5 March, 7:05pm
Crusaders v Hurricanes, Christchurch – Saturday 6 March, 7:05pm
Crusaders vs Chiefs, Christchurch – Saturday 13 March, 7:05pm
Blues vs Highlanders Auckland – Sunday 14 March, 3:35pm
Hurricanes vs Chiefs, Wellington – Saturday 20 March, 7:05pm
Blues vs Crusaders, Auckland –Sunday 21 March, 3:35pm
Highlanders vs Hurricanes, Dunedin – Friday 26 March, 7:05pm
Chiefs vs Blues, Hamilton – Saturday 27 March, 7:05pm
Round 6 (Easter Weekend)
Crusaders vs Highlanders, Christchurch – Friday 2 April, 7:05pm
Blues vs Hurricanes, Auckland – Saturday 3 April, 7:05pm
Highlanders vs Chiefs, Dunedin – Saturday 10 April, 7:05PM
Hurricanes vs Crusaders, Wellington – Sunday 11 April, 3:35pm
Highlanders vs Blues, Dunedin – Friday 16 April, 7:05pm
Chiefs vs Crusaders, Hamilton – Saturday 17 April 7:05pm
Round 9 (Anzac weekend)
Chiefs vs Hurricanes, Hamilton – Friday 23 April, 7:05pm
Crusaders vs Blues, Christchurch – Sunday 25 April, 3:35pm
Hurricanes vs Highlanders, Wellington – Friday 30 April, 7:05pm
Blues vs Chiefs, Auckland – Saturday 1 May, 7:05pm
Super Rugby Aotearoa Final – Saturday 8 May
Where to watch Super Rugby Aotearoa live in New Zealand
In New Zealand, Sky holds the exclusive rights to live Super Rugby. Sky extended its broadcast deal in October last year through to 2025.
Watch Super Rugby Aotearoa on Sky NZ
If you are a Sky NZ subscriber with the Sky Sport pack, you are all good to go for the restart of rugby union in New Zealand. If not, you need the Sky Starter pack for $25.99 per month plus the Sky Sport package, for an additional $31.99 per month. It gives you access to 13 sports channels, including dedicated rugby, cricket, golf and football plus two ESPN channels.
Can I watch Super Rugby Aotearoa live on free-to-air television?
Yes you can watch some rugby, but no it won’t be live. Prime TV is showing a replay of the Saturday night game at midday the following day.