The 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw has been released today by joint venture partners New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Rugby Australia (RA) with the NSW Waratahs set to take on the best of the best in the Southern Hemisphere including blockbuster fixtures at home.
The new competition for 2022 and 2023 features a 91 match, 18-week season with teams playing 14 regular season matches, with a top eight contesting a three-week finals series.
NSW Rugby fans will be treated to box office home fixtures in 2022 with the Waratahs set to face the three Super Rugby Champions crowned in 2021.
The Waratahs home matches are headlined by Champions the Reds (Super Rugby AU), Crusaders (Super Rugby Aotearoa) and Blues (Trans-Tasman) as well as a Hurricanes side stacked with All Blacks, traditional rivals the Rebels and Force and newcomers the Fijian Drua.
Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman said “As a coach you want to test yourself against the best and Super Rugby Pacific provides us with that opportunity week in week out.
“We really want to start the competition well and to do that we need to take advantage of playing in NSW, and to face the three Championship winning sides on our turf is a boost for us as a team and a massive win for our fans.”
Waratahs 2022 ticket prices remain one of the most affordable in Sydney and continue to be the cheapest they have been for a decade with adult GA tickets priced at $20 and Cat 1 at $52, while membership packages start at just $34 for a two-game flexi adult membership, which includes a Waratahs ISC supporter hat and keyring.
In line with previous seasons all registered NSW junior players aged 16 and under will be able to attend Waratah’s home matches free of charge.
NSW Rugby Union is now working closely with Venues NSW to confirm venues for each of the Waratah's fixtures, as they navigate a busy sporting schedule heavily impacted by the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment.
Waratahs 2022 memberships go on sale tomorrow.
For more information head to https://nsw.rugby/experience/membership
NSW Waratahs 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw:
Round 1: Waratahs v Hurricanes, Friday 18 February, Venue TBC
Round 2: Moana Pasifika v Waratahs, Friday 25 February, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Round 3: Brumbies v Waratahs, Saturday 5 March, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Round 4: Waratahs v Blues, Sunday 13 March, Venue TBC
Round 5: Waratahs v Rebels, Saturday 19 March, Sydney Cricket Ground
Round 6: Fijian Drua v Waratahs, Saturday 26 March, Venue TBC
Round 7: Reds v Waratahs, Saturday 2 April, Suncorp Stadium, Brisban
Round 8: BYE
Round 9: Waratahs v Force, Saturday 16 April, Venue TBC
Round 10: Waratahs v Crusaders, Friday 22 April, Sydney Cricket Ground
Round 11: Chiefs v Waratahs, Saturday 30 April, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Round 12: Waratahs v Fijian Drua, Saturday 7 May, Sydney Cricket Ground
Round 13: Waratahs v Reds, Saturday 14 May, Venue TBC
Round 14: Force v Waratahs, Saturday 21 May, HBF Park, Perth
Round 15: Highlanders v Waratahs, Friday 27 May, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin