9 Oct 2013

Crusaders and Chiefs to open New Zealand Super Rugby season

5:18 am on 9 October 2013

The schedule for next year's Super Rugby season has been announced with the Crusaders hosting the two-time-champion Chiefs in the opening match in New Zealand.

Two matches in South Africa open the season on the weekend of February 15th, while the other two countries get involved a week later.

The Crusaders-Chiefs match is on Friday February 21st, while the Highlanders host the Blues the next night and the Hurricanes are at the Sharks.

All of the Hurricanes' home matches and some of the Chiefs' matches are yet to have their venues confirmed with negotiations ongoing on playing some of them away from their regular homes.