What is the SuperSport Rugby Challenge?
It’s a new 67-match provincial tournament.
When does the SuperSport Rugby Challenge start?
The tournament kicks off on the weekend of April 22/23.
Which teams will be participating in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge?
The tournament will feature the country’s 14 provincial unions together with Namibia’s Welwitschias.
The teams are the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Xerox Golden Lions, Falcons, Steval Pumas, Namibia Welwitschias, Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Down Touch Griffons, Tafel Lager Griquas, Leopards, Cell C Sharks XV, Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, EP Kings, SWD Eagles and the DHL Western Province.
How long will the tournament run?
The tournament will be played over a 13-week period starting on the weekend of April 22/23 ending on Sunday, July 16.
How will the tournament be structured?
The competition will also be divided into three regions/pools – North, South and Central.
It will comprise six pool matches every weekend for 10 weeks, followed by seven knockout games. The 15 teams will play on a home-and-away basis against the other four teams in their pool over the 10-week period.
The top two teams from each Pool, together with the two third-placed teams with the most log points, will qualify for the quarterfinals, which take place on Sunday 2 July, followed by the semifinals a week later and the final on Sunday 16 July.
What will be different about the SuperSport Rugby Challenge?
The tournament will primarily be played on Sundays at well-known community rugby centres as televised rugby festivals. Venues such as the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Bill Jardine Stadium in Johannesburg, and the venue of last year’s club rugby Gold Cup Final, Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg.
Matches will be SuperStacked, with as many as three games hosted back-to-back at a single venue – one of which will be a local club rugby match.
What is the aim of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge?
The tournament seeks to take South African rugby into a whole new direction, taking professional rugby to places it has never been before, to communities where the passion for the game continues to burn brightly but the spotlight is hardly ever shone on them.
The tournament also seeks to reconnectthe link between club and provincial rugby that has somewhat been broken in the professional era.
It will also serve as qualifiers for the Currie Cup.
Which DStv channels will broadcast the matches?
SuperSport 1; SuperSport 2 and Select (Channel 210)
How many matches will be broadcast?
A total of 25 matches
How will I get to know the scores from the matches not being broadcast?
Social media pages, a tab on Supersport.com and a magazine show dedicated to the Rugby Challenge will be created and will be the source of information for all things to do with the Rugby Challenge, including highlights, live scores, previews and reviews and table standings.
How is a ‘festival’ different to a normal match day?
During festivals matches are SuperStacked into triple-headers in one venue. Teams participating in the festivals cede home ground advantage. All 15 teams will participate in a festival.
How much will it cost to attend matches?
Entry into all Rugby Challenge is free. However, you will need to be in possession of a match-day ticket to be granted access into the stadium. These will be available at selected ticket outlets which will be communicated to the public in due course.
Will I be able to watch SRC matches online?
All Rugby Challenge matches to be broadcast live on SuperSport will also be available via live streaming.
How will I know if SRC matches will be played in my town or nearby?
A complete fixture list detailing all towns and venues the Rugby Challenge will be made available through the nationwide press.
Fixture details will be advertised across all local media a week leading up to match day. An activations team will also be on the ground in the community promoting the festival and matches in the build-up to match days.