NSW Waratahs supporters are in for a blockbuster eight-match home schedule following confirmation of the draw for the 2019 Super Rugby competition.
The NSW Waratahs, featuring Berry’s Will Miller, will kick-off the season at home against the Hurricanes in February, followed by matches against the Reds, Crusaders and Sunwolves in March.
The other four home games are against the Rebels, Sharks, Jaguares and Brumbies.
Regular season matches will be played between mid-February to mid-June followed by the play-offs and grand final on July 6.
The first overseas stop for the NSW Waratahs is when they take on fellow Australian conference team, the Sunwolves in week two.
Further away games follow against the Brumbies (week five) and the Blues (week eight).
The NSW Waratahs hit the road for three consecutive away games in May when they travel to South Africa for matches against the Bulls and Lions before returning to Australia to take on the Reds in Brisbane.
The team will round out the regular season with another two games at home against the Jaguares and Brumbies, and away matches against the Rebels and Highlanders.
NSW Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson said he expects next year’s competition to be as competitive as this year’s.
“Super Rugby is the toughest domestic competition in the world and next year won’t be any different,” Gibson said.
“Our fans will be in for a treat with eight home against quality opposition.
“The home and away derbies were very popular this year and we know that it will be the same again in 2019.”
With Allianz Stadium due for redevelopment later this year, NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore said home venues for 2019 are still being finalised.
“We have undertaken a comprehensive consultation process with our key stakeholders, including our members, and we are working through the venue recommendations,” Hore said.
“We hope to have a decision about where we play our home games soon.”