The wait is over, just under 48 hours until kick-off in the “revamped” Super Rugby competition. 

The Super Rugby Aotearoa is here and it kicks off in New Zealand this Saturday with crowds after the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, Highlanders host the Chiefs and on Sunday, Auckland Blues host the Hurricanes. Teams below: 

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Gallagher Chiefs:

1. Aidan Ross (31) 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho (28) 3. Nepo Laulala (33) 4. Mitchell Brown (38) 5. Tupou Vaa’i** 6. Luke Jacobson (22) 7. Lachlan Boshier (49) 8. Pita Gus Sowakula (20) 9. Brad Weber (77) © 10. Kaleb Trask (4) 11. Sean Wainui (30) 12. Anton Lienert-Brown (74) 13. Quinn Tupaea (4) 14. Shaun Stevenson (48) 15. Damian McKenzie (76)
 Reserves: 16. Bradley Slater (7) 17. Ryan Coxon (5) 18. Ross Geldenhuys (5) 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi (6) 20. Dylan Nel (1) 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (36) 22. Aaron Cruden (94)

23. Etene Nanai-Seturo (11)

Highlanders 
1. Ayden Johnstone, 2. Ash Dixon (C), 3. Siate Tokolahi, 4. Paripari Parkinson, 5. Josh Dickson, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Dillon Hunt, 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Josh Ioane, 11. Jona Nareki, 12. Patelesio Tomkinson, 13. Rob Thompson, 14. Sam Gilbert, 15. Mitch Hunt. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Jeff Thwaites, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Kayne Hammington, Teihorangi Walden, Vilimoni Koroi
Kick-off: 07:05am CAT 

Blues vs Hurricanes Kick-off: 05:35am 

BLUES: Beauden Barrett, Mark Telea, Rieko Ioane, TJ Faiane, Caleb Clarke, Otere Black, Sam Nock; Hoskins Sotutu, Blake Gibson, Tom Robinson, Josh Goodhue, Patrick Tuipulotu (capt), Ofa Tu’ungafasi, James Parsons, Alex Hodgman. Reserves: Kurt Eklund, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Marcel Renata, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Dalton Papalii, Finlay Christie, Harry Plummer, Matt Duffie.

HURRICANES: Chase Tiatia, Wes Goosen, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, TJ Perenara (co-captain), Gareth Evans, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Scott Scrafton, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Dane Coles (co-captain), Fraser Armstrong.

Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, Jamie Booth, Billy Proctor