The 2015 Investec Super Rugby schedule was unveiled today, with the Blues set to face local rivals the Chiefs in an intriguing opening round clash.
There will be no love lost in this Valentine’s day fixture at QBE Stadium on February 14 which is one of two games played in Albany in 2015.
A blackout of Eden Park due to the Cricket World Cup has affected early availability of the stadium, however any disruption is more than offset by a thrilling run of three home games against New Zealand opposition at the business end of the season.
The Blues travel to South Africa early to face the Stormers and Cheetahs before returning home to take on the Lions at QBE Stadium.
Challenging away fixtures against defending champions the Waratahs and the Chiefs are followed by the Blues’ first match at Eden Park against the Brumbies on April 10.
A family-friendly 5.30pm kick-off against the Force at Eden Park on Saturday is certainly one of the highlights of the season.
“Given the complexity of putting together the 2015 Super Rugby draw we think this is the best possible outcome and our members and fans have a great line-up of home games to look forward to next year,” Blues Chief Executive Michael Redman said.
“We’re really excited about kicking off the season against the Chiefs at QBE Stadium before finishing with four straight home games, three of which are against New Zealand teams, as we vie for a position in the playoffs.”
2015 Blues memberships will be available from late October, and fans can look forward to a number of new and exciting options coming into the market.
2015 Blues schedule
v Chiefs Sat Feb 14 7.35pm QBE Stadium, Albany
v Stormers Sun†Feb 22 TBC Capetown
v Cheetahs Sat Feb 28 6.10am Bloemfontein
v Lions Sat Mar 7 7.35pm QBE Stadium
v Hurricanes Fri Mar 13 7.35pm TBC (away)
v Waratahs Sat Mar 28 9.40pm Sydney
v Chiefs Sat Apr 4 7.35pm Hamilton
v Brumbies Fri Apr 10 7.35pm Eden Park
v Highlanders Sat Apr 18 7.35pm Dunedin
v Crusaders Sat Apr 25 7.35pm Christchurch
v Force Sat May 2 5.35pm Eden Park
v Rebels Fri May 8 9.40pm Melbourne
v Bulls Fri May 15 7.35pm Eden Park
v Hurricanes Sat May 23 7.35pm Eden Park
v Crusaders Sat†Jun 6 7.35pm Eden Park
v HighlandersFri Jun 127.35pmEden Park