SUPER RUGBY – SUPER EXCITED

Tony and myself at AbsolutelyFamous extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to those affected by the terrible devastating floods back in the North Island. It’s heartbreaking watching the damage inflicted, the tragic loss of life and the obvious heartache and stress caused.

Much love from the Gold Coast.

Rugby fans rejoice, Super rugby is back this weekend and opening week features some classic match-ups.

Feature clash of Super Rugby Pacific men’s competition is that between defending champions Crusaders, shooting for a remarkable seventh successive title under coach Scott Robertson and the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are likely to be one of the biggest threats this year to the Crusaders dominance and last season beat the southerners in round-robin only to narrowly fall over in the semifinal.

Both playing rosters are stacked full of All Blacks and with World Cup year upon us there is bound to be an even bigger edge to the competition.

Plenty of Super Rugby action this weekend.

n other matches this weekend, Moana Pasifika play Fiji Drua at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday, The Highlanders host the Blues in Dunedin, the Hurricanes have a difficult away match against the Queensland Reds in Townsville where the hot steamy weather will test players fitness to the full.

The Western Force host the Melbourne Rebels in Perth and the big Aussie clash is between the Waratahs and Brumbies in Sydney.

Former Marlborough and King Country loose-forward Greg Brimble, our regular expert rugby analyst joins myself, John Alexander to discuss prospects for the season.

We will also be having in depth analysis of the women’s Sky Super Rugby Aupiki competition which again features four teams but which next season is likely to expand further and hopefully include teams from Australia.

In this weekend’s matches, defending champions Chiefs Manawa take on the Hurricanes Poua at Levin and South Island team Matatu host the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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