Aussie derbies to take centre stage in 2018

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Normal Super Rugby order will be restored in 2018, with each Australian Super Rugby club to square off twice in a revamped season format.

SANZAAR have released the draw for the 2018 Super Rugby season and it marks the return of home and away local derbies, adding extra theatre to the race to the top of what will hopefully be an improved Australian Conference.

The four Australian clubs will be joined by the Sunwolves in the Australian Conference, with the season set to kick off on February 17 in South Africa.

The following Friday will mark the start of Australian Conference play, when a new-look Rebels side host the Reds at AAMI Park.Karmichael Hunt and the Reds will face Marika Koroibete and the Rebels in round one. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Brumbies will start their Australian Conference title defence with a trip to Tokyo to face the Sunwolves on Saturday afternoon, before the Waratahs host the Stormers at Allianz Stadium later that night.

Perhaps the news Australian rugby fans will be most pleased to see is the development that just four games will be played in the early hours of the morning, between midnight and 3:30am AEST.

The finals format is also far easier to understand, with the winner of the three conferences joined by the five next best teams across all conferences in an eight team finals series.

Below is the draw for all of the Australian teams.

For the full draw, click here.

DRAW

Super Rugby 2018 season draw (Australian teams only)Week 1

No matches involving Australian teams (matches in South Africa Conference only)

Week 2

Rebels v Reds 23 Feb Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Sunwolves v Brumbies 24 Feb Sat 3:15pm Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo

Waratahs v Stormers 24 Feb Sat 7:45pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Week 3

Reds v Brumbies 2 Mar Fri 8:00pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (7:00pm AEDT)

Sunwolves v Rebels 3 Mar Sat 8:00pm Singapore National Stadium, Singapore

Sharks v Waratahs 4 Mar Sun 12:05am Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Week 4

Rebels v Brumbies 9 Mar Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Reds v Bulls 10 Mar Sat 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (6:45pm AEDT)

Jaguares v Waratahs 11 Mar Sun 8:40am Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

Week 5

Brumbies v Sharks 17 Mar Sat 7:45pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Jaguares v Reds 18 Mar Sun 8:40am Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

Waratahs v Rebels 18 Mar Sun 4:05pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Week 6

Rebels v Sharks 23 Mar Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Stormers v Reds 25 Mar Sun 2:15am DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

Brumbies, Waratahs Bye

Week 7 (EASTER)

Rebels v Hurricanes 30 Mar Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne (Good Friday)

Brumbies v Waratahs 31 Mar Sat 7:45pm GIO Stadium, Canberra (Easter Saturday)

Reds Bye

Week 8

Sunwolves v Waratahs 7 Apr Sat 3:15pm Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo

Brumbies v Reds 7 Apr Sat 7:45pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Rebels Bye

Week 9

Rebels v Jaguares 14 Apr Sat 3:15pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Highlanders v Brumbies 14 Apr Sat 5:35pm venue TBC

Waratahs v Reds 14 Apr Sat 7:45pm venue TBC

Week 10

Waratahs v Lions 20 Apr Fri 7:45pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Reds v Chiefs 21 Apr Sat 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Bulls v Rebels 21 Apr Sat 11:05pm Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Brumbies v Jaguares 22 Apr Sun 4:05pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Week 11 (ANZAC)

Stormers v Rebels 28 Apr Sat 3:10am DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

Reds v Lions 28 Apr Sat 3:05pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brumbies v Crusaders 28 Apr Sat 7:45pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Waratahs Bye

Week 12

Rebels v Crusaders 4 May Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Waratahs v Blues 5 May Sat 3:05pm venue TBC

Brumbies, Reds Bye

Week 13

Sunwolves v Reds 12 May Sat 1:05pm Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo

Crusaders v Waratahs 12 May Sat 3:15pm venue TBC

Brumbies v Rebels 12 May Sat 7:45pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Week 14

Hurricanes v Reds 18 May Fri 5:35pm venue TBC

Waratahs v Highlanders 19 May Sat 7:45pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Lions v Brumbies 20 May Sun 1:15am Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Rebels Bye

Week 15

Rebels v Sunwolves 25 May Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Chiefs v Waratahs 26 May Sat 5:35pm venue TBC

Reds v Highlanders 26 May Sat 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Bulls v Brumbies 26 May Sat 11:05pm Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Week 16

Blues v Rebels 2 Jun Sat 3:15pm venue TBC

Reds v Waratahs 2 Jun Sat 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Brumbies v Sunwolves 3 Jun Sun 4:05pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Week 17

Blues v Reds 29 June Fri 5:35pm venue TBC

Rebels v Waratahs 29 Jun Fri 7:45pm AAMI Park, Melbourne

Brumbies v Hurricanes 30 Jun Sat 7:45pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

Week 18

Reds v Rebels 6 Jul Fri 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Chiefs v Brumbies 7 Jul Sat 3:15pm venue TBC

Waratahs v Sunwolves 7 Jul Sat 7:45pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Week 19

Reds v Sunwolves 13 Jul Fri 7:45pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Highlanders v Rebels 14 Jul Sat 3:15pm venue TBC

Waratahs v Brumbies 14 Jul Sat 7:45pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Vodafone Super Rugby Finals Series

Qualifiers

Sat 21 Jul

Semi Finals

Sat 28 Jul

Final

Sat 4 Aug

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