Super Rugby 2020

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SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD => https://super.rugby/superrugby/fixtures/2020-super-rugby-fixtures/


SUPER RUGBY 2020 MATCH SCHEDULE RELEASED
The 2020 Super Rugby match schedule has been released by SANZAAR.

The tournament will kick-off with two derbies on Friday 31 January. The Blues will host the Chiefs at Eden Park in Auckland while later the same evening the Brumbies will host the Reds at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Super Rugby's continued international footprint will see matches played in six countries across the 18-week regular season, with matches played in Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

The World Rugby international Test match window for inbound matches/tours to Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa is now in July so this allows Super Rugby to be played uninterrupted across the 21-week tournament timeframe (including the three-week Finals series).

Super Rugby CEO, Andy Marinos stated, "Super Rugby remains one of rugby's premier tournaments and features many of the best teams and players in the world. The unique nature of this tournament, that covers a geographical spread across Argentina, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, not only re-inforces its global reach but the fact that it remains the toughest tournament in the world."

“2020 will see a season of uninterrupted action from February to July due to the shift of the inbound international rugby window from June to July. An earlier than usual start has been required to get through the 21-week tournament and provide the SANZAAR National Teams with a clear week leading into the July Test series."

"The complexity of the draw and managing logistics and scheduling that delivers a draw that is fair and equitable has been our priority. This has been achieved with a consultative and collaborative approach with the national unions, Super Rugby teams and Broadcasters."

"With the majority of our players benefitting from a longer than usual off-season due to RWC 2019, we expect the teams to deliver another compelling tournament across its 120 matches. One that produces a competitive race for the Finals similar to that which we saw this year when 11 teams were still in the hunt for a Finals berth on the last weekend."

"The schedule has 22 match venues confirmed and it is exciting that Super Rugby will once again venture into several new venues and cities. It has been confirmed that Hanazono Stadium, Osaka and Level Five Stadium, Fukuoka in Japan will host Sunwolves matches, while the Waratahs will play at WIN Stadium, Wollongong in Australia," added Marinos.

Tournament Notes

The tournament’s 15-team, three-Conference format remains the same in 2020. Each team plays 16 regular season conference matches that include eight matches within their own Conference (home and away) and four matches against teams from each of the other Conferences (home or away). Each team also has two byes. This is a total of 120 matches in the regular season.

Australia Conference: Brumbies, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs, Sunwolves [Japan]

New Zealand Conference: Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes

South African Conference: Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Jaguares [Argentina]


The Finals series will again comprise a seven-match, three-week, eight-team finals series. Each of the three Conference winners will host a quarter-final. The team with the most tournament points that is not a Conference winner, regardless of Conference, will host the fourth quarter-final. This Wildcard team will be joined in the quarter-finals by the next best four Wildcard teams based on tournament points and regardless of Conference.
 

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Stormers probably the best placed SA team although I can't see the NZ hegemony ending any time soon...
 

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High tackle warnings to be trialled in Super Rugby
World Rugby have introduced a set of law amendments which will be trialled at various tournaments this year in a bid to improve player safety and reduce the risk of injuries.

The trials were approved for the four-year law amendment review cycle that began after the 2019 World Cup following an analysis by the Law Review Group last March and several unions expressed interest in operating one or more of the trials.

Preventing dangerous high tackles remains a high priority for World Rugby as they look to reduce the number of concussions.

The High Tackle Technique Warning, which was trialled at the World Rugby U20 Championship and reduced concussions by more than 50 per cent, will now be trialled in the Super Rugby championship which begins on January 31 and also the Top 14 in France.

"While the recent Rugby World Cup demonstrated a slight decrease in injury rates and a 30 per cent reduction in concussions owing to the implementation of evidence-based injury prevention programmes, we can and must do more to reduce injuries at all levels," World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement.

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Reducing the tackle height to the waist is also part of the package of law amendments in a bid to reduce injuries to both the tackled player and tackler while also encouraging more offloads.

Teams will also have the opportunity to review yellow cards for players sent to the sin bin so that those guilty of dangerous foul play are rightly awarded a red card instead of a yellow.

The Law Review Group will reconvene in March to review the trials' results before making recommendations to the Rugby Committee.

The other amendments to be trialled across the globe are:

* 50:22 kick - If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents' 22 or from inside their own 22 into their opponents' half, they will throw in to the resultant lineout.

* The introduction of an infringement (penalty and free-kick) limit for teams. Once a team has reached the limit, a mandatory yellow card is given to the last offending player as a team sanction.

* The awarding of a goal-line drop-out to the defending team when an attacking player, who brings the ball into in-goal, is held up.
 

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Reducing the tackle height to the waist is also part of the package of law amendments in a bid to reduce injuries to both the tackled player and tackler while also encouraging more offloads.
So tackles around the rib cage are out

* 50:22 kick - If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents' 22 or from inside their own 22 into their opponents' half, they will throw in to the resultant lineout.
So who needs penalties now... just more kicking, and more kicking

* The introduction of an infringement (penalty and free-kick) limit for teams. Once a team has reached the limit, a mandatory yellow card is given to the last offending player as a team sanction.
I give up.... can't find words for this one

* The awarding of a goal-line drop-out to the defending team when an attacking player, who brings the ball into in-goal, is held up.

Absolute rubbish ...
 

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looking forward to Sunday's matches. All 4 teams lost quite a number of players since last year so will be good to see how they do on Sunday
 

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looking forward to Sunday's matches. All 4 teams lost quite a number of players since last year so will be good to see how they do on Sunday
I am waiting on posting the Super Rugby teams rosters, but it seems that most teams are still in the recruitment phase... Usually, they are already announced by this time.
 

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Seems Jamie Roberts has put pen to paper for the Stormers this SR season.
 

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Reducing the tackle height to the waist is also part of the package of law amendments in a bid to reduce injuries to both the tackled player and tackler while also encouraging more offloads.

Absolute rubbish ...
At least there will be no sanctions, only warnings...


No sanctions for Super Rugby's new high tackle law
Cape Town - SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere's rugby governing body, will introduce a High Tackle Technique Warning system in this year's Super Rugby competition, but without sanctions imposed on transgressors.

This comes after World Rugby, the global governing body, last week announced a set of law adjustments to be trialled at various tournaments this year in an attempt to improve player safety.

The high-tackle warning law is the only one to be trialled in Super Rugby, with warnings issued to players for high-risk tackle techniques by a tackle-technique review officer.

The expectation was that players would be suspended after two warnings, but in a statement released on Monday, SANZAAR said no sanctions would be imposed as part of the new law.

"Preventing dangerous high tackles remains a high priority for SANZAAR and World Rugby as we look to reduce the number of concussions," the statement read. "Research has shown that the majority of concussions are caused by tacklers who tackle with an upright body. SANZAAR is focusing on implementing a process that identifies high-risk upright tackles.

"The shadow trial will see SANZAAR looking at all tackles each round and identifying tackles in which the tackler is in an upright body position, and in the event it is deemed the tackler has shown poor technique in executing an upright tackle, a warning may be sent to the player and player's coach. This process will be an educational process that will aim to educate players and coaches of high-risk behaviours by identifying poor tackle techniques and seeking to inform players of better choices they can make in the tackle zone.

"This process will not impose any sanctions on players. This is not designed to penalise the player in any way but to hopefully shine a light on poor technique that has been shown to increase the risk of significant injury and attempt to affect behavioural change via education and identification."
This law have the ability to destroy quality. They are also starting to question snap tackles. We will reach a stage where there is no allowable high or low tackle. Silly really, because they expect players to change shape within the instance they engage in tackling.

Penalise clothesline tackles. Farrel tackles like this by huddling the shoulder inwards or swing the arm in high.
 

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The Sunwolves team selected to play a warmup against a challenge team,

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due to the Rugby World Cup the Top League had to be altered to accommodate the seasonal schedules and won't be releasing many or players at all.

Foreign legion, that is what the Sunwolves are now in essence in their last year in Super Rugby. There are some Japanese players, but most are assigned to the Sunwolves training squad. The most promising Japanese player in the Sunwolves squad is Shogo Nakano which is also designated to the training squad, and three Panasonic Wild Knights players in the active squad who have zero Super Rugby experience IIRC.

That is it, nothing special about this team other than them exiting the competition.
 

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Stormers name 45-man Super Rugby squad
Stormers squad:

Juarno Augustus, Kwenzo Blose, Jaco Coetzee, Paul de Wet, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Ben-Jason Dixon, Schalk Erasmus, Neethling Fouche, Michal Hazner, Lyle Hendricks, Herschel Jantjies, Dan Jooste, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi (captain), David Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Leon Lyons, Godlen Masimla, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, David Meihuizen, Salmaan Moerat, Matt Moore, Ruhan Nel, Scarra Ntubeni, Sergeal Petersen, Rikus Pretorius, Jamie Roberts, Sazi Sandi, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Chad Solomon, Edwill van der Merwe, Ernst van Rhyn, Abner van Reenen, Chris van Zyl, Ali Vermaak, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Nama Xaba, Leolin Zas
 

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Here we go again,


SA Rugby boss unhappy over racial make-up of SA Super Rugby coaches
Cape Town - SA Rugby president Mark Alexander says the governing body is unhappy with the racial make-up of South Africa's Super Rugby coaching teams.

Ahead of the 2020 season, there is no black head coach in charge of a South African franchise, with John Dobson (Stormers), Pote Human (Bulls), Ivan van Rooyen (Lions) and Sean Everitt (Sharks) in charge of the four teams.

Alexander was speaking at last Friday’s Springbok coaching announcement where he said more pressure would be applied to the franchises to afford opportunities to black coaches.

"We’re not happy with the make-up of the franchise coaching teams, even though I'm happy with the look of the Springbok coaching group. All the coaches that have come through, they're from our system," Alexander said.

The current Springbok coaching team consists of Rassie Erasmus (director of rugby), Jacques Nienaber (head coach), Mzwandile Stick (assistant coach), Deon Davids (assistant coach), Felix Jones (assistant coach) and Daan Human (Scrum consultant) - with only two of the six of colour.

"We have to put pressure on our PRO14 and Super Rugby franchises because they’re not bringing through the coaches," Alexander added.

In terms of the PRO14, Hawies Fourie is coach of the Cheetahs, while Rob Kempson is the interim coach at the Southern Kings.

Erasmus also added his voice to the issue.

"We would like to see more coaches of colour coming through, but we unfortunately don’t have control over that, just like we can’t tell them who to appoint as chief executive officer. They run their own franchises.

"I know, when speaking to the coaches at the franchises, with the Sharks being an example, they're really committed to transformation but I agree with you when you say the head coaches don't currently reflect transformation. That does make it tough for us to get guys into the national set-up because the pipeline is slightly messed up."
I wonder whether this will change in 2021 seeing that the SARU policy is now to apply pressure. Why is the pipeline slight messed up, Rassie?

I have always advocated that merit take precedence so put that in your pipeline and smoke it. SARU had the opportunity to have their Springbok coaching make-up set the example, but no, let's target where privatisation is called on and taking place.
 

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It's one thing drafting players because of skin colour, but let's not diminish the IP that need to guide them unless deserving.

I think Deon Davids deserves to be in the Bok setup.

Funny thing is, there are coaches at school level for many years who deserve the step up as well. What usually happens is pals or former players get promoted (Robbie Fleck anyone?)

There also appears to be something with that ~1996-2003 group of Boks. Rassie has been a success, Franco now at Italy, Robbie Kempson appears to be turning the Kings into something and Braam van Straaten has been all over now as kicking consultant.

Something they got from Mallet or just the last breed to understand Rugby above money?
 

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Any MyBB superbru groups going this year. I'm hoping for not last position in a bru group this year :ROFL:.
 

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Always a downer watching a SA derby after seeing what the NZ sides dished up earlier in the day...
 
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