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Organizers of the Super Rugby Championship Don't Even Pretend to Play It Modest: "" Super Rugby Aotearoa "will be the first professional rugby competition in the world to allow a massive return of fans to the era of Covid-19 when it resumes on Saturday in Dunedin, "they wrote while the public will be allowed to take over in New Zealand.

This competition is a tight version of Super Rugby which pitted franchises from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan before its premature suspension in March because of the coronavirus epidemic. The Aotearoa Super Rugby Championship will only bring together the five New Zealand franchises and is intended as a temporary substitute for multinational competition.

It begins Saturday night with the shock in Dunedin, on the South Island, between the local franchise, the Highlanders, and the Hamilton Chiefs. On Sunday, the Auckland Blues welcome Wellington Hurricanes to Eden Park.


Many sports competitions have resumed around the world, but most have done so either behind closed doors or with a limited number of spectators. "We are incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sporting competition in the world in a position to allow our teams to play in front of their fans again," said New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson. "It's going to be a unique competition and it's good that New Zealanders have the opportunity to participate."


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