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We have today confirmed our venues for the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season, where we’ll play seven thrilling home games at FMG Stadium Waikato, as well as bringing an Investec Super Rugby clash to Rotorua International Stadium.

For the first time since 2013, FMG Stadium Waikato will host all four action-packed New Zealand derbies. We have back to back games against the Highlanders and Blues in rounds seven and eight, before taking on the defending champs the Crusaders in round 16 and the Hurricanes in the last round robin game of the season.

The team will host the Jaguares, Argentina’s only Super Rugby team, at Rotorua International Stadium on Friday 4 May. It will be the first time the two sides meet on Chiefs Country turf and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to play a match in front of their passionate Bay of Plenty supporters.

The club had planned to hold the Blues match at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. Unfortunately, following recent developments in regards to the structure of the East Stand at Yarrow Stadium and due to the time constraints to ensure their facilities meet code requirements, it was deemed necessary to relocate this game. The Blues match will now be at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 7 April. Yarrow Stadium and we will be working closely together to offer our great Taranaki supporters some exclusive offers and travel packages to enable them to experience a live home match in Hamilton. The team are looking forward to visiting our Taranaki supporters and whanau in 2018.

Other home games include a visit from the Pretoria based Bulls for the first home game of the season at FMG Stadium Waikato, as well as two exciting trans-Tasman clashes against the Waratahs and Brumbies in Round 15 and 18 respectively.

“It is an exciting line up of opposition teams with a good mix of playing styles that the Gallagher Chiefs will face at all home venues in 2018. We are really looking forward to playing in Rotorua and are excited to connect with all our supporters around Chiefs Country this coming season”, incoming Chief Executive Michael Collins said.

Michael said it is disappointing not to be playing in New Plymouth in 2018.

“The Chiefs have played 6 home games at Yarrow Stadium over the last four years and we look forward to working with Yarrow Stadium and Taranaki Rugby once they have more clarity regarding the immediate future of the East Stand”

The squad will kick off their season in Christchurch against the 2017 Title winners the BNZ Crusaders, before facing the Blues in Auckland. We will also have a preseason encounter with the Blues when we host them in Te Kuiti for the Farmlands Rural Legends Shield preseason match in Te Kuiti on Friday 2 February.

Chiefs memberships are now on sale. Secure your seats now to watch some of the best rugby players go head-to-head in the 2018 Investec Super Rugby competition. Purchasing a Chiefs membership is the ONLY way to secure HSBC New Zealand Sevens tickets, so make sure you lock your tickets in and get a feast of rugby in 2018. There are many fantastic benefits on offer and exciting experiences to be had as a member. Get yours today here. 

2018 Home Fixtures

Farmlands Rural Legends Shield Preseason Match: Gallagher Chiefs v Blues, Friday 2 February, 4pm, Rugby Park, Te Kuiti
Gallagher Chiefs v Bulls, Friday 16 March, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Highlanders, Friday 30 March, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Blues, Saturday 7 April, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Jaguares, Friday 4 May, 7:35pm, Rotorua International Stadium
Gallagher Chiefs v Waratahs, Saturday 26 May, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Crusaders, Saturday 2 June, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Brumbies, Saturday 7 July, 5:15pm, FMG Stadium Waikato
Gallagher Chiefs v Hurricanes, Friday 13 July, 7:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato

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