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Kiwi sides gear up for 2013 Investec Super Rugby pre-season

James Mortimer     27 Jan 2013    

The matches, pre-season fixtures for the competition, are not official Super Rugby or SANZAR matches, and factors such as disciplinary issues, potential broadcasting schedules and match conditions (duration and number of breaks) will be organised by the hosting unions.

The early matches may be without All Blacks, although plenty of Test players are already back with their franchises, notably Blues captain Ali Williams and Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles.

Demanding pre-season training, from the Chiefs coast-to-coast runs to the Hurricanes near legendary surf swim training, through to all franchises engaging their fans as the season rushes towards us, will now give way to action on the field.

It is now 19 days until season kick off.

The first round, kicking off with the Australian Conferences in action only, will see New Zealand and South African sides continue to play pre-season matches.

2013 SUPER RUGBY PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE SIDES

Saturday 2 February
Crusaders v Hurricanes
15:00
Alpine Stadium, Timaru

Saturday 2 February
Chiefs v Highlanders
15:00
Owen Delany Park , Taupo

Saturday 2 February
Reds v Blues
19:00
Toowoomba Sports Ground, Toowoomba

Friday 8 February
Highlanders v Crusaders
16:30
Whitestone Contracting Stadium, Oamaru

Friday 8 February
Reds v Chiefs
19:00
Stockland Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Saturday 9 February
Rebels v Hurricanes
17:30
Simonds Stadium Geelong

Saturday 9 February
Blues v Waratahs
14:30
Toll Stadium, Whangarei

Thursday 14 February
Waratahs v Crusaders
19:30
Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Friday 15 February
Highlanders v Blues
17:30
Recreational Ground, Queenstown

Saturday 16 February
Hurricanes v Chiefs
15:00
Mangatainoka RFC, Mangatainoka