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After a global audience Super Rugby 2017 Live of more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 Super Rugby season and over 2 million fans attended the matches, the 2017 Super Rugby

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competition will kick off on Thursday 23 February 2017 when the Melbourne Rebels host the Auckland-based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne.During the 17-round season, the five Australian Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force – will each play six matches in the Australian conference and nine matches against teams in other conferences.

In the four-conference tournament structure, which follows the same 2016 format, each team will play 15 matches and have two byes.The season starts with home games for the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium, Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park and the NSW Waratahs who play the Western Force at Allianz Stadium. The 2016 Australian conference winners the ACT-based Brumbies will kickstart their year with their match against the Canterbury-based Crusaders in Christchurch.

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During the season, seven Australian home games played at family-friendly afternoon time slots will give fans young and old the chance to cheer on their favourite Super Rugby teams. Two Thursday night matches, which will take place in Round 1 (Melbourne Rebels v Blues) and Round 2 when the Western Force host the Queensland Reds in Perth at nib Stadium, will also extend the ‘Super Rugby weekend’ for fans.Fifteen Australian derbies will be played on home soil next year, with the contest between 2016 conference champions the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs set to light up Allianz Stadium when they do battle in Round 4. In Round 10, Australia’s most historic rivalry will write another chapter when the Queensland Reds take on the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.

Trans-Tasman rivalries will again pervade the competition, with the New Zealand teams looming once again as mighty challengers. 2016’s big improvers the Melbourne Rebels will be the first Australian team to take on 2016 champions the Super Rugby 2017 Live Hurricanes in their Round 2 contest. In Round 5, the Brumbies come up against 2015 champions and trans-Tasman rivals the Highlanders, at GIO Stadium, Canberra, in a replay of their 2016 quarter-final.A rugby-filled Easter Saturday will see the Queensland Reds kick off at 3.05pm against the Kings at Suncorp Stadium, followed by the Melbourne Rebels v Brumbies derby at 7.45pm at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “Super Rugby is an unrivalled competition in the excitement and quality rugby it provides for fans. This year the average number of points scored per match increased from 45.3 in 2015 to 52.0 while tries were up from 5.1 to 6.4 per match.The 2017 season will be momentous for many of our Australian teams. The Queensland Reds will welcome home Quade Cooper, Stephen Moore and veteran George Smith, while the Western Force have a new Head Coach in Dave Wessels and some key players which have gained significant experience with the Wallabies through the 2016 international season.The Melbourne Rebels pushed the Brumbies and Waratahs all season in 2016, and the meteoric rise of players such as Sean McMahon and Reece Hodge shows their program is building quality players and a team that can push for finals in 2017.

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Last year’s conference champions, the Brumbies will have a new-look team in 2017 as they aim for a fifth consecutive finals appearance, while the Waratahs blooded some terrific young talent in 2016 and will be hungry to get back to the post-season after narrowly missing out this year.An incredible nine new Wallabies have already been capped in this winter following their standout performances in the Super Rugby season, and I’m sure plenty more stars will be unearthed next year too.”Continuing Super Rugby’s foray into Asia, the competition will travel to Singapore for the first time in Round 2, when Japan’s Sunwolves take on the Southern Kings, and will return another two times in Round 5 and Round 13.The 2017 Super Rugby finals series will start on 21 July with the final set for 5 August. A June Test window remains in the draw, to accommodate for international Tests, particularly the British & Irish Lions series in New Zealand.

The 2017 Super Rugby tournament kicks-off on Thursday 23 February with the Melbourne Rebels hosting the Auckland based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne. The Thursday night kick-off is a first for Super Rugby and is followed a week later by another Thursday night match between Western Force and the Queensland Reds in Perth at nib Stadium.The defending Champions, the Wellington based Hurricanes will start off their title defence in Tokyo against the Sunwolves Super Rugby 2017 Australian conference winners the ACT based Brumbies will play the Canterbury based Crusaders in Christchurch.The two South African Conference winners in 2016, the Johannesburg based Lions and Western Cape based Stormers, will play the Free Sate based Cheetahs and Pretoria based Bulls respectively.

It will be the second season for the 17-round, four-conference tournament structure that sees each team play 15 matches and have two byes. As in 2016 each team will play six matches within its own conference and nine matches against other conference teams.In its inaugural year the 18-team tournament produced some wonderful rugby where analysis of the new bonus point system showed it provided an increased level of competitiveness and rewarded those teams with an attacking mindset. Despite the increase in the number of matches on previous years the average number of points scored per match increased from 45.3 to 52.0 while tries were up from 5.1 to 6.4 per match.The 17-round regular season and the finals series produced a final in Wellington between the two best teams in the tournament.

the Hurricanes and Lions, highlighting the integrity of the tournament structure. The Hurricanes were the fourth new champion in the last five years of Super Rugby thereby securing a clean sweep of New Zealand teams having won the Super Rugby competition since its inception, and again highlighting the competitiveness of the tournament.The 2017 June Test window and in particular the British & Irish Lions series in New Zealand has an impact on the match schedule. Fixtures in Super Rugby Live early June and July have therefore been scheduled around the various June Tests and the matches between the British and Irish Lions and the five New Zealand Super Rugby teams.The HITO-Communications Sunwolves managed a solitary victory in 15 games in their maiden Super Rugby season earlier this year and 2017 is set to be another year of bloody battles for the Japanese side.

The Sunwolves, who will play three home games in Singapore next year, have one year of Super Rugby experience under their belts, but newly appointed head coach Filo Tiatia warned that there is still a long way to go.Tiatia made the step up from assistant, after this year’s head coach Mark Hammett left the team.”We faced a lot of adversity last season and we are going to have to do that again,” said the 45-year-old, speaking at the Sunwolves’ unveiling of their playing roster and kit for next season.”We’re not going to be perfect, we’re going to make mistakes.”There will be some new faces in the coaching team at the Blues for next year’s Super Rugby Championship.

Assistant coaches Paul Feeney and Glenn Moore will be moving on and will not seek re-appointment to the coaching group next year under head coach Tana Umaga.Feeney felt the experience at Super Rugby level was invaluable and a stepping stone in his career.“I intend to seek a more hands on coaching position. And believe I now have the skills and ability to succeed in that sort of role,” Feeney said.He Super Rugby 2017 Live News said he was looking at a number of rugby coaching options.Meanwhile Moore, the current Black Ferns coach, has completed his two-year term, will spend more time pursuing his other rugby and private business interests.Umaga said he appreciated the hard work and coaching input from both Feeney and Moore into a new coaching group at the Blues.

After a year in this position and in light of these changes, we are taking the opportunity to review our coaching structure for the future,” Umaga said.Assistant coach Alistair Rogers will remain under contract with the Blues for the 2017 season.The new coaching structure will be announced by the end of October.With 25 of their most experienced players returning, the Blues are hoping to pick up from where they left off in the 2017 Investec Super Rugby Championship.The returning players announced in the squad this week have an average of 29 Super Rugby caps each for the Blues. Additionally the Blues have attracted some experienced players returning to the region to help bolster their playing roster for 2017 and beyond.

Two players are former Pakuranga United Rugby Club players TJ Faiane (ex-Saint Kentigern College) and Sam Prattley. Former Melbourne Storm NRL winger Matt Duffie, also a St Kents Old Boy, is named in the team too.Head coach Tana Umaga said the aims are simple.We want to start where we left off from last year – and there was some pleasing form late in the 2016 season. And we want to improve game by game throughout the competition,” Umaga said.We won’t be getting ahead of ourselves. Under the current competition format, your form Super Rugby 2017 Live Stream in your own conference is the deciding factor. We were last in the New Zealand Conference this year and so we know there’s a mountain to climb.We relish that challenge and we will be looking for the same hard-working team approach, practice-by-practice, game-by-game, week-by-week.”