Hurricanes to start 2017 Super Rugby season in Tokyo

AP
By Associated Press, 20 September 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — First time champions the Hurricanes will begin their defense of the Super Rugby title against Japan's Sunwolves in Tokyo on Feb. 25 under the draw for the 2017 tournament which was released on Tuesday.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Sunwolves finished last in 2016 while the Wellington-based Hurricanes claimed their first Super Rugby title, beating the Johannesburg-based Lions in the final.

The Lions begin their campaign away to the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs while last season's semifinalists, New Zealand's Chiefs and Highlanders, will meet in their opening match on Feb. 24.

The Melbourne Rebels will play the Auckland-based Blues in the first match of the new season at Melbourne on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The draw confirms there will be no reduction in the number of teams or changes to the contentious conference system in 2017.

AP
By Associated Press, 20 September 2016

Related Stories


Bg pattern top

Sign in for free to read more stories

Bg pattern light

UPGRADE TO PREMIUM

Subscribe to Samoa Observer Online

Enjoy access to over a thousand articles per month, on any device as well as feature-length investgative articles.

Ready to signup?