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The draw was released last night and the Crusaders are set to start the competition at Forsyth Barr Stadium against the Highlanders on February 26, the first game of the competition.
The competition is once again involving the five New Zealand sides although a final has been added and will be played on May 8.
The door has been left open for games against Australian Super Rugby sides.
In a press release, New Zealand Rugby professional rugby and performance general manager Chris Lendrum said discussions were continuing with the Australian union and it was hoped details would be revealed soon.
The Crusaders and other franchises have already started advertising season ticket sales for next year which indicate six home games, so the games against the Australian sides look likely.
The 20 games across the competition will be played mostly on Friday and Saturday nights although there will be four games on Sunday afternoons.
The final will be between the top two sides on May 8.
If a transtasman series takes place, it is likely to follow a couple of weeks after the end of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa schedule:
Highlanders vs Crusaders, Dunedin – Friday February 26, 7.05pm
Hurricanes vs Blues, Wellington – Saturday February 27, 7.05pm
Chiefs vs Highlanders, Hamilton – Friday March 5, 7.05pm
Crusaders v Hurricanes, Christchurch – Saturday March 6, 7.05pm
Crusaders vs Chiefs, Christchurch – Saturday March 13, 7.05pm
Blues vs Highlanders, Auckland – Sunday March 14, 3.35pm
Hurricanes vs Chiefs, Wellington – Saturday March 20, 7.05pm
Blues vs Crusaders, Auckland –Sunday March 21, 3.35pm
Highlanders vs Hurricanes, Dunedin – Friday March 26, 7.05pm
Chiefs vs Blues, Hamilton – Saturday March 27, 7.05pm
Round 6 (Easter Weekend)
Crusaders vs Highlanders, Christchurch – Friday April 2, 7.05pm
Blues vs Hurricanes, Auckland – Saturday April 3, 7.05pm
Highlanders vs Chiefs, Dunedin – Saturday April 10, 7.05PM
Hurricanes vs Crusaders, Wellington – Sunday April 11, 3.35pm
Highlanders vs Blues, Dunedin – Friday April 16, 7.05pm
Chiefs vs Crusaders, Hamilton – Saturday April 17, 7.05pm
Round 9 (Anzac weekend)
Chiefs vs Hurricanes, Hamilton – Friday April 23, 7.05pm
Crusaders vs Blues, Christchurch – Sunday April 25, 3.35pm
Hurricanes vs Highlanders, Wellington – Friday April 30, 7.05pm
Blues vs Chiefs, Auckland – Saturday May 1, 7.05pm
Saturday May 8