Super 14 Trials to kick off in just ten days



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With the inaugural Tooheys New Super 14 set to kick off on Friday 10 February, the four Australian teams will commence their 2006 season with trials in Perth, Brisbane and Wollongong in just ten days time.

The Brumbies, Western Force, Queensland Reds and last year’s finalists, the NSW Waratahs will play trial matches from Saturday 21 January to Saturday 4 February across five capital cities, as well as in Wollongong, Gosford and New Zealand.

The Western Force will be at home in Perth for their first ever match against fellow newcomers to the Super 14, the Free State Cheetahs from South Africa, before heading to Melbourne for a trial against five-time champions the Crusaders and then finishing up in Auckland against the Blues.

Queensland play the first of their two trials at Ballymore in Brisbane against the Blues and then head to New Zealand to take on the Highlanders, while the Waratahs will play the Brumbies at WIN Stadium in Wollongong for their first trial.

NSW will also play the Blues in Gosford and the Crusaders at Aussie Stadium in Sydney, while the Brumbies will take on the Hurricanes in New Zealand and then finalise their preparations with an internal trial in Canberra at Viking Park on Thursday 2 February.

In all, a total of ten trial matches involving the four Australian teams will culminate in the start of the inaugural Tooheys New Super 14 from Friday 10 February with local derbies between the Western Force and Brumbies in Perth and Reds and Waratahs in Brisbane, a highlight of Week 1.

Super 14 Trials involving Australian teams:

21/01/2006 Western Force v Free State Cheetahs Subiaco Oval, Perth 1900hrs

21/01/2006 Reds v Auckland Blues Ballymore, Brisbane 1930hrs

21/01/2006 Brumbies v Waratahs WIN Stadium, Wollongong 1700hrs

27/01/2006 Hurricanes v Brumbies Masterton, NZ 1700hrs

28/01/2006 Western Force v Canterbury Crusaders Melbourne, Olympic Park 1930hrs

28/01/2006 Waratahs v Auckland Blues Central Coast Stadium, Gosford 1930hrs

2/02/2006 Auckland Blues v Western Force Auckland 1800hrs

2/02/2006 Highlanders v Reds Oamaru, NZTBC

2/02/2006 Brumbies Internal Trial Viking Park, Canberra 1700hrs

4/02/2006 Waratahs v Canterbury Crusaders Aussie Stadium, Sydney 1940hrs

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