The Blues are excited that international rugby is back on the schedule, after today’s announcement of a Trans Tasman competition scheduled after Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The Blues will host the NSW Waratahs and the Western Force with away games to play the Melbourne Rebels and Queensland Reds. The organisers are planning a Super Round also with all five games at one venue on 28-29 May.
“This is a wonderful week for rugby with the details around the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa and now the Trans Tasman competition,” said Blues CEO, Andrew Hore.
“We know that Super Rugby Aotearoa is a fantastic competition but like all main meals, it is complete with a great dessert. That is what the Trans Tasman competition will give us.
“There has been investment put in to the development pathways in the game across the Tasman especially in New South Wales and Queensland. Some of that is beginning to show in some of the young talent emerging in a very competitive Australian side as we have all seen in recent weeks.
“The Australian Super sides will bring a fresh approach with some players we have seen before and some new young talent. It is exciting for us at the Blues.
“We will be hosting four rounds of Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa and now two rounds of the Trans Tasman competition which will give our fans six fantastic games to watch at Eden Park.”
Further details around game times are still to be sorted but he hopes that afternoon games will still feature in this competition for the Blues home games.
The Blues draw is:
Round 1, 14-15 May: vs Melbourne Rebels in Melbourne
Round 2, 21-22 May: vs NSW Waratahs at Eden Park
Round 3, 28-29 May: vs Brumbies (Super Round single venue to be announced)
Round 4: 4-5 June: vs Queensland Reds in Brisbane
Round 5: 11-12 June: vs Western Force at Eden Park
Saturday 19 June: Final