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Super Rugby Pacific is ready to set sail, with the world’s best provincial Rugby competition set to kick off a new era this Friday.

A revamped 2022 competition will boast twelve teams, with all ten existing Australian and New Zealand teams along with newcomers the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika – every match streaming ad-free, live and demand on Stan Sport.

After a thrilling week of UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League take centre stage with the first leg of knockout round play-offs. On Friday, Stan Sport’s Max Rushden, Mark Bosnich and Craig Foster will cover all the action in Ange Postceglou’s Celtic up against Bodø/Glimt.

ROUND 1

WARATAHS V FIJIAN DRUA
FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 7:00PM AEDT

History will be made as an exciting Fijian Drua play their first Super Rugby match against Darren Coleman’s new look NSW Waratahs in Parramatta. The Waratahs have handed starting debuts to Dylan Pietsch and Geoff Cridge while Welsh legend Jamie Roberts is poised to make an impact off the bench.

CHIEFS V HIGHLANDERS
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 2:00PM AEDT

Josh Ioane will be centre of attention as the star Chiefs recruit takes on his former Highlanders teammates for the first time in picturesque Queenstown. The one-Test All Black had some minor off-field issues in Dunedin but is reportedly looking fit and focused as he prepares to start at No.10 for the Chiefs.

CRUSADERS V HURRICANES
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 4:45PM AEDT

The Crusaders are always the Super Rugby benchmark and have further strengthened with the addition of Pablo Matera for this tasty clash with the Hurricanes in Dunedin. Matera will start at blindside flanker in an imposing pack while Fergus Burke will pull the strings at five-eighth in the absence of Test star Richie Mo’unga.

REDS V REBELS
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 7:15PM AEDT & 9GEM FROM 7:30PM AEDT

Defending Australian champions the Reds are now hunting Super Rugby Pacific glory as Brad Thorn’s crew open their campaign against the Rebels in Brisbane. Liam Wright and Tate McDermott will share the captaincy duties after James O’Connor decided he had enough on his plate as a playmaker.

BRUMBIES V FORCE
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 1:30PM AEDT

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is aiming to bow out a winner before joining the Wallabies fulltime and the Force are first on his hitlist in Canberra. The Brumbies have the luxury of naming a settled side while the Force have named two ex-Brumbies – Reesjan Pasitoa and Bayley Kuenzle – at No.10 and 12 respectively.

KNOCKOUT ROUND PLAY-OFFS

FEATURE MATCH: BARCELONA V NAPOLI
FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 4:40AM AEDT

Barcelona find themselves on unfamiliar ground as they make their UEFA Europa League debut against Napoli, who are appearing in the knockout phase of the competition for a record-equalling ninth time.

After 17 successive years competing in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona failed to progress from their group in the Autumn, picking up just seven points to finish third behind Bayern Münich and Benfica and cross over to the UEFA Europa League for the first time.

Napoli, meanwhile, were runners-up to Spartak Moscow in UEFA Europa League Group C, clinching qualification with a decisive Matchday 6 home win against Leicester City.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND V RANGERS
FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 4:40AM AEDT

The German Cup holders meet the champions of Scotland as Borussia Dortmund host Rangers in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-offs.

Dortmund’s sixth successive season in the UEFA Champions League group stage proved less successful than the previous three as they failed to make further progress, finishing third in Group C behind Ajax and Sporting CP on nine points, the same number as the Portuguese champions. Rangers clinched a UEFA Europa League knockout phase berth with a game to spare, finishing runners-up to Lyon in Group A with eight points, one more than Sparta Praha.

FEATURE MATCH: CELTIC V BODØ/GLIMT
FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 6:35AM AEDT

Celtic become Scotland’s first participants in the UEFA Europa Conference League proper as they play host in the first leg of the knockout round play-offs to one of the surprise packages of the competition’s group stage, Norwegian champions Bodø/Glimt. 

The Glasgow giants, led by Ange Postecoglou, won three and lost three of their UEFA Europa League group games during the Autumn and were confirmed in third place after a 3-2 defeat at section winners Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 5.

Bodø/Glimt, meanwhile, went unbeaten through their UEFA Europa Conference League group, yet their 12-point tally was only sufficient to give them the runners-up spot behind Roma, sensationally beaten 6-1 by Kjetil Knutsen‘s side in the Arctic Circle on Matchday 3. 

ROUND OF 16

FEATURE MATCH: CHELSEA V LILLE
WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 6:35AM AEDT

Chelsea continue their Champions League defence against Lille, who are in the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years. The French champions impressed in topping a tight Group G this season, while Chelsea had to be content with the runners-up berth in Group H behind Italian giants Juventus.

FEATURE MATCH: ATLÉTICO V MANCHESTER UNITED
THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 6:35AM AEDT

Manchester United and Atletico Madrid will meet in the Champions League for the first time in more than 30 years. Atleti have a phenomenal recent record in the competition, reaching the knockout rounds for the eighth time in the last nine years. United will be led by record goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

ROUND 17

WORCESTER V BRISTOL
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 6:40AM AEDT

NORTHAMPTON V SALE
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 1:55AM AEDT

LONDON IRISH V SARACENS
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 1:55AM AEDT

BATH V LEICESTER
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 1:55AM AEDT

HARLEQUINS V WASPS
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 11:55PM AEDT

NEWCASTLE FALCONS V EXETER
MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 11:55PM AEDT

ROUND 7

VERBLITZ V STEELERS
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 4:25PM AEDT

RED HURRICANES V SHINING ARCS
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 4:25PM AEDT

ROUND 4

GRIQUAS V WESTERN PROVINCE
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 3:55AM AEDT

PUMAS V CHEETAHS
SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 11:25PM AEDT

LIONS V SHARKS
SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
LIVE ONLY ON STAN SPORT FROM 1:55AM AEDT



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