Sunday 22 October 2017 / 09:04 PM

2015 Super Rugby schedule released

The St.George Queensland Reds will kick off the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season on the road to the Brumbies in a blockbuster opening night on Friday 13 February – and you’ll never guess why the Reds start their campaign on the road.

The Reds will then host the Western Force the following weekend in their first home game of the season at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 21 February.

The 2015 schedule sees the Reds host some epic matches, including 2014 South African conference winners the Sharks and two-time Super Rugby winners The Chiefs from New Zealand. 

The schedule also features home-and-away games against all Australian conference teams, with their oldest rivals, 2014 Super Rugby winners the Waratahs travelling north to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 7 March.

The Reds will host an afternoon ANZAC Round match against the Hurricanes at 4:05pm on Sunday 26 April.

With the Anzac Centenary occurring in 2015, SANZAR has ensured five matches involving Australian and New Zealand teams are played across this hugely significant weekend.

The Reds’ South African tour will also take place in April, with the Bulls in Pretoria and Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Their matches across the Tasman will be against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday 27 February and Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday 8 May.

Their final home match of the 2015 Super Rugby regular season will be against the 2013 Super Rugby champions, The Chiefs, at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 6 June.

As with the 2014 season, the Reds will play two trial matches prior to the 2015 season, with details to be announced at a later date.

Reds Head Coach Richard Graham said: “I reckon it is a great way to start our season and I would think the supporters would agree. The Australian derbies begin in Round 1 against the Brumbies and by Round 5 we’ve also played the Force, the Waratahs and a second encounter against the Brumbies.

“The 2015 draw looks like a really good balance for the Reds. We have a number of games at home in the early rounds before we embark on the African leg in the middle of the competition. Finishing with the Waratahs has become a tradition in our conference and usually it has consequences for either team on how they finish the regular season.

“The season starts a week earlier and considering there are no inbound Tests in a World Cup year, the season has a real sprint-like feel to it. It’s going to be an outstanding tournament.”

The season commences on the same weekend of February as last year’s, but concludes one month earlier to allow national teams adequate time to prepare for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on 18 September. As a result, there will be no June Test window in the 2015 Super Rugby season.

For a full list of St.George Queensland Reds fixtures for the 2015 Super Rugby season click here.

 

The complete 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby schedule can be viewed here

Team-by-team schedule breakdown

Each team plays home and away derbies within their own conference, plus the following cross-conference matches in the 2015 Super Rugby season:

Brumbies: Chiefs (A) Cheetahs (H) Blues (A) Highlanders (H) Stormers (A) Lions (A) Bulls (H) Crusaders (A)

Force: Hurricanes (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Stormers (H) Chiefs (A) Blues (A) Highlanders (H)

Rebels: Crusaders (A) Lions (H) Hurricanes (A) Chiefs (H) Blues (H) Stormers (A) Sharks (A) Bulls (H)

Reds: Highlanders (A) Lions (H) Bulls (A) Cheetahs (A) Hurricanes (H) Crusaders (A) Sharks (H) Chiefs (H)

Waratahs: Highlanders (A) Blues (H) Stormers (H) Hurricanes (A) Sharks (H) Crusaders (H) Lions (A) Cheetahs (A)

Blues: Stormers (A) Cheetahs (A) Lions (H) Waratahs (A) Brumbies (H) Force (H) Rebels (A) Bulls (H)

Chiefs: Brumbies (H) Stormers (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Force (H) Rebels (A) Bulls (H) Reds (A)

Crusaders: Rebels (H) Lions (H) Cheetahs (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Reds (H) Waratahs (A) Brumbies (A)

Highlanders: Reds (H) Waratahs (H) Stormers (H) Brumbies (A) Sharks (H) Lions (A) Cheetahs (A) Force (A)

Hurricanes: Lions (A) Bulls (A) Force (A) Rebels (H) Stormers (H) Waratahs (H) Reds (A) Sharks (H)

Bulls: Hurricanes (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Reds (H) Blues (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Rebels (A)

Cheetahs: Blues (H) Crusaders (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Force (A) Reds (H) Highlanders (H) Waratahs (H)

Lions: Hurricanes (H) Blues (A) Crusaders (A) Rebels (A) Reds (A) Highlanders (H) Brumbies (H) Waratahs (H)

Sharks: Chiefs (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Reds (A) Rebels (H)

Stormers: Blues (H) Chiefs (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Force (A) Brumbies (H) Rebels (H)

 

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