The St.George Queensland Reds will kickstart Vodafone Super Rugby AU against their oldest rivals New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium in the opening match of the new domestic competition on July 3.
Rugby Australia today unveiled the full season draw that sees Queensland play eight matches in a round-robin home-and-away format against the four other Australian clubs with two bye rounds.
The Reds have an equal share of four Friday night and four Saturday night matches all in primetime slots, offering fans consistent tune-in times across the entire season.
For the first seven rounds, the Vodafone Super Rugby AU Saturday night (7.15pm AEST) fixture will feature as part of Super Rugby a double-header on FOX SPORTS with the Australian broadcaster also set to screen the full Super Rugby Aotearoa season. Matches in the New Zealand competition will be played on Saturdays (5.05pm AEST) and Sundays (3.35pm AEST) beginning this weekend.
The competition will run over 12 consecutive weekends culminating in a two-week finals series beginning on September 12.
The Final will be hosted by the team that finishes top of the ladder after the regular rounds and will be played on September 19. The hosts will play the winner of a two-versus-three Qualifying Final in the decider.
Rugby Australia interim CEO, Rob Clarke said: “Today is another exciting day for Rugby fans in Australia as we unveil the full competition draw for Vodafone Super Rugby AU.
“One of the main features of the draw is the consistent Friday and Saturday night primetime viewing slots on FOX SPORTS, which Rugby fans can set their clocks to for the next 12 weeks. There will be no need to set the alarms to get up and watch your team in the middle of night.
“We are looking forward to welcoming back the Western Force and seeing them take on their Australian rivals once again. We know there is a lot of excitement in the west and we cannot wait to see them in action.
“We know our teams will be desperate to get their hands on the silverware and players will be out to put their best foot forward for Wallabies selection at the end of the season.”
All 22 matches in the tournament will be broadcast exclusively live and ad-break free during play in High Definition on FOX SPORTS on Foxtel, Foxtel NOW and streamed on Kayo.
St.George Queensland Reds 2020 Vodafone Super Rugby AU Season Draw
Friday July 3
Reds v Waratahs – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane @ 7:05pm AEST
Friday July 10
Rebels v Reds – AAMI Park, Melbourne @ 7:05pm AEST
Friday July 17
Reds v Force – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane @ 7:05pm AEST
Round 4 – BYE
Saturday August 1
Brumbies v Reds – GIO Stadium, Canberra @ 7:15pm AEST
Saturday August 8
Waratahs v Reds – Sydney @ 7:15pm AEST
Saturday August 15
Reds v Rebels – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane @ 7:15pm AEST
Friday August 21
Force v Reds – HBF Park, Perth @ 7:05pm AEST
Round 9 – BYE
Saturday September 5
Reds v Brumbies – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane @ 7:15pm
Saturday September 12
Saturday September 19
*times, locations and dates are subject to change by Rugby Australia