August 30, 2021
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Fijian Drua set for Super Rugby 2022

The Fijian Drua will  feature in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific with Moana Pasifika and five franchises each from Australia and New Zealand.

The world’s best provincial competition will reach new heights next year following agreement between Rugby Australia (RA) and New Zealand Rugby (NZR)

Set to kick-off on 18 February 2022, the new 12-team competition will have 91 matches and the competition structure will be as follows:

  • 12 teams (alphabetical order) with Blues, Brumbies, Chiefs, Crusaders, Fijian Drua, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Melbourne Rebels, Moana Pasifika, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Western Force
  • 18-week competition window from 18 February to 18 June 2022 and 24 February to 24 June 2023
  • 91 matches in total
  • Teams will play 14 regular season matches with each team to host seven matches
  • Teams will play 8 teams once and 3 teams twice with a focus on derby matches
  • One competition table with teams ranked 1 to 12 based on competition points
  • Three-week playoff format involving the top eight teams on the overall competition table with quarters, semis and final as follows:
    • Quarterfinals – 1 v 8, 2 v 7, 3 v 6 and 4 v 5 with the top ranked team hosting
    • Semi-Finals – top ranked quarter-final winner hosts against lowest ranked quarter-final winner & 2nd highest ranked quarterfinal winner hosts 3rd highest ranked quarterfinal winner
    • Final – top ranked semi-final winner hosts the other semi-final winner

 

The Fijian Drua had previously competed in Australia’s National Rugby Championship, winning the title in 2018.

Their inclusion was confirmed thanks to the support of Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby as well as that of the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports program.

Fiji Rugby Union will announce where Fijian Drua home matches will be played shortly, while Moana Pasifika will play their home fixtures primarily in New Zealand.

Super Rugby Pacific’s two new entrants will play each other twice in the first two seasons with other examples where teams play twice to be determined by a seeding process based on 2021 results, with an emphasis on local derbies.

By Reginald Chandar

 


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