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Melbourne Rebels Revised Super Rugby Pacific Fixtures Revealed

The revised Super Rugby Pacific fixtures have today been released.
The revised Super Rugby Pacific fixtures have today been released.

The Melbourne Rebels have welcomed today’s revised draw, with a series of blockbuster Australian derbies launching the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific beginning on February 18.

The new schedule retains the same competition format announced in November with a full round robin and single points table but will see the six New Zealand-based teams and six Australian-based teams play their opening eight matches on different sides of the Tasman due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The updated fixtures will see the Rebels play 7 home games in Melbourne – the most since 2019 – with three Friday night thrillers, one Saturday night blockbuster and three Sunday matches.

Among the highlights is a Round 6 Cultural Round clash against the Fijian Drua, and a historic Round 10 Super Round taking place at AAMI Park featuring a unique ANZAC celebration.

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The Rebels will open their new campaign in Queensland for the second year in a row, before returning to Melbourne to face the Western Force for a Friday night clash at AAMI Park.

The Rebels then battle Fijian Drua (location TBC) a week later before locking horns with the Brumbies at AAMI Park on March 11.

In Round 5 the Rebels will look to retain the Weary Dunlop Shield for a second successive season when they take on the Waratahs on the road.

In what shapes as a memorable night for the wider Victorian grassroots community, the Rebels will face the Fijian Drua at home for the first time in Super Rugby competition, with a March 25 Friday night blockbuster at AAMI Park.

Following a week off, the Rebels head to Perth to tackle rivals, the Western Force at HBF Park, before returning for a three-week homestand beginning with the Queensland Reds on April 15.

In Round 10, Super Round takes over the Sporting Capital of Australia, with all 12 teams descending upon Melbourne for a historic weekend of world class rugby, coinciding with ANZAC Round.

The Rebels are scheduled to close the three-day rugby extravaganza by hosting the Crusaders in a Sunday evening blockbuster at AAMI Park on April 24.

After a Round 11 Saturday night clash against Moana Pasifika, the Rebels travel to Auckland to face last year’s Trans-Tasman champions, the Blues, at Eden Park.

A Sunday afternoon meeting with the Chiefs awaits the Rebels in Round 13, before Melbourne’s stand-alone Super Rugby Club travels to Wellington to face the Hurricanes on May 21.

The Rebels will then wrap up their 2022 regular season campaign with a Sunday afternoon clash against the Highlanders at AAMI Park on Sunday May 29.

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