South Africa Rugby has announced the schedule for the seven-team, seven-week Super Rugby Unlocked after the completed Aotearoa (NZ) and Australia (AU).
The Super rugby regular season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic in late March, but it will back with three new teams and a chase to a unique final in November.
The Vodacom Super Rugby four existing teams include, Emirates Lions, DHL Stormers, Vodacom Bulls, and Cell C Sharks will play together with Tafel Lager Griquas, Toyota Cheetahs, and Phakisa Pumas. All 21 Super rugby matches will be live air by existing Super Rugby broadcast partners.
The season will begin on 9 October 2020, where Cell C Sharks will play with Emirates Lions in Durban, and the match kick-off time is 7:00. Toyota Cheetahs and Vodacom Bulls will compete the next day with the Phakisa Pumas and Tafel Lager Griquas respectively.
The DHL Stormers have a bye in the first round, but next week they will compete with the Emirates Lions, when Johannesburg men will battle with the Capetonians on Saturday, 17 October at DHL Newlands at the time 07:00.
Chief executive Officier of South Africa Rugby Jurie Roux said: we appreciate all our stakeholders in getting to this point.
This was a very tough time, but we grateful to SuperSport, Vodacom, and the 7-teams involved, we are now capable to restart the rugby with most exciting matches include with the best players in the country.
We had made a few changes to our schedule and find the innovative ways to look after everybody's needs, but we believe between Now and the end of the season, which won't happen until January next year we'll be having rugby and entertainment to keep the fans excited once more.
After the great success of Vodacom Super Fan, Saturday and the players and fans energy and passion were an incredible way to rejoice the resume of rugby and bring the South Africans back in touch Passion for the game said Michelle van Eyden, Vodacom’s Executive Head of Sponsorships.
There is now a palpable enthusiasm over the upcoming season of Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked.
The players are want to go. The fans are preparing to get behind their teams. Vodacom is happy to discover the true heart and spirit of South African rugby on our fields with all of our rugby partners. This will be a great rugby festival that presents the current and future South African rugby stars, she added.
The Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked will end on November weekend 20-21 with the matches, such as Vodacom Bulls Vs Phakisa Pumas will happen in Pretoria on Friday, 20 November at the time 07:00. Toyota Cheetahs Vs Tafel Lager Griquas will play at the Bloemfontein on 21 November at 4:30, and the same day Cell C Sharks Vs DHL Stormers match will play in Durban at 07:00.
The top-ranked season team will be awarded Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked champions, After that, all log points will be transferred to the Currie Cup 2020, the schedule will be declared in due course.
|9 October 2020||Rd 1||Sharks Vs Lions||Kings Park, Durban||19:00|
|10 October 2020||Rd 1||Cheetahs Vs Pumas||Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein||16:30|
|10 October 2020||Rd 1||Bulls Vs Griquas||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||19:00|
|16 October 2020||Rd 2||Cheetahs Vs Bulls||Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein||19:00|
|17 October 2020||Rd 2||Griquas Vs Pumas||Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley||16:30|
|17 October 2020||Rd 2||Stormers Vs Lions||Newlands, Cape Town||19:00|
|23 October 2020||Rd 3||Pumas Vs Stormers||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit||19:00|
|24 October 2020||Rd 3||Lions Vs Cheetahs||Ellis Park, Johannesburg||16:30|
|24 October 2020||Rd 3||Bulls Vs Sharks||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||19:00|
|30 October 2020||Rd 4||Lions Vs Griquas||Ellis Park, Johannesburg||19:00|
|31 October 2020||Rd 4||Pumas Vs Sharks||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit||16:30|
|31 October 2020||Rd 4||Bulls Vs Stormers||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||19:00|
|6 November 2020||Rd 5||Sharks Vs Cheetahs||Kings Park, Durban||19:00|
|7 November 2020||Rd 5||Griquas Vs Stormers||Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley||16:30|
|7 November 2020||Rd 5||Lions Vs Bulls||Ellis Park, Johannesburg||19:00|
|13 November 2020||Rd 6||Griquas Vs Sharks||Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley||19:00|
|14 November 2020||Rd 6||Lions Vs Pumas||Ellis Park, Johannesburg||16:30|
|14 November 2020||Rd 6||Stormers Vs Cheetahs||Newlands, Cape Town||19:00|
|20 November 2020||Rd 7||Bulls Vs Pumas||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||19:00|
|21 November 2020||Rd 7||Cheetahs Vs Griquas||Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein||16:30|
|21 November 2020||Rd 7||Sharks Vs Stormers||Kings Park, Durban||19:00|