Dunedin based Super Rugby team the Highlanders have confirmed their venues for the 2018 Super Rugby season including a match against thee Chiefs in Suva Fiji.
The Highlanders will play a game in Suva, Fiji against the Chiefs on 30th June 2018. Both the Chiefs and Crusaders have participated in games there over the last two years, as well as the Blues staging a game in Samoa this year. The games are generally viewed as a way of supporting and growing the game in the Pacific Islands.
Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said “We view the game in Fiji as an opportunity to broaden the appeal of Super Rugby. We are aware of the large following Super Rugby enjoys in Fiji and we are happy to have the chance to showcase our style of game in the islands; we are grateful to the Fijian Government and Fortress Information Systems for extending the invitation. Fiji has produced so many great players including our own Waisake Naholo; it will be great experience for him and all the players.”
Head Coach Aaron Mauger said “we will certainly embrace this opportunity as a team; it’s a different challenge but potentially an exciting one. There have been some great Super Rugby games in Fiji over the last few years and against the Chiefs we will obviously have to be at our best; but we know to be successful in Super Rugby, you have to be prepared to play anyone, anywhere, at any time”.
Highlanders 2018 Super Rugby Home matches
v Waratahs Queenstown Recreation Ground, Queenstown 2 February 2018
Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 9 & 10 February 2018
v Crusaders Fred Booth Park, Waimumu, Gore 15 February 2018
Super Rugby Season
v Blues Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 23 February 2018
v Stormers Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 9 March 2018
v Crusaders Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 17 March 2018
v Brumbies Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 14 April 2018
v Lions Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 12 May 2018
v Hurricanes Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 1 June 2018
v Chiefs ANZ National Stadium, Suva, Fiji 30 June 2018
v Rebels Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 14 July 2018