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Rugby action set to return this June

Are you excited for “Virtual Rugby Show” and New Zealand’s domestic Rugby competition? After weeks of isolation and social distancing, rugby, the action is back this weekend. You can catch New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa live this Saturday or attend live matches.

This comes as a relief, with many countries still battling the virus. New Zealand has not recorded a new case of COVID-19 for over 28 days, moving to alert level 1. It heralds the end of social distancing measures and restrictions placed on mass gatherings in response to the disease.

It will be the first elite-level sport of any kind played in front of fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be a temporary replacement for the annual Super Rugby competition.

The event brings together teams from Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s one of the top competitions for rugby bettors across the globe. This is your opportunity to spice up yoursuper rugby competitionbetting experience with Betcompare.com and earn some nice bets.

The Virtual Rugby Show

73 Media launched “The Virtual Rugby Show,” an event designed to replace the original even scheduled for July. Catch the game live in the UK through Hopin. “COVID-19 struck the physical even leaving Rugby fans out, with the Virtual event changing that,” according to the 73 Media, MD, Ed Tranter. The event is free to everyone, but the organizers encourage donations. Funds aimed for Dallaglio RugbyWorks, a charity supporting young people through rugby.

The event will serve as a platform to promote the sport in the coming years. In the meantime, it will keep fans busy easing on the negative impact COVID-19 on the industry. Visitors can catch the event live, which will feature leading UK and international rugby players. Later on, an exhibition space for sponsors and exhibitors is available to showcase their products and services to visitors.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions live and allow visitors “on stage” as they take a screen grab with top figures in the sport such as Maggie Alphonsi MBE or Joe Marler. Catch the Show live between 26th and 28th June 2020.

Catch the Super Rugby Aotearoa online

As you await the Show you can catch the five New Zealand clubs, live this weekend. The Chiefs (Hamilton), Crusaders (Christchurch), Blues (Auckland), Hurricanes (Wellington) and Highlanders (Dunedin). They will face off home and away in the next 10 weekends set to spice up your betting chi.

All 20 matches will be live online on Sky Sports, with the UK up early 6 am on Saturdays, and 4 am on Sundays to catch the action live. Catch replays later in the day.

There are some new and innovative rules set to trial over the course of the New Zealand competition, which will redefine your betting norm.

  • Golden point: “Golden point” tiebreakers take place in games that finish level after 80 minutes. The first team to score (either a try, drop goal/penalty, or in a 10-minute extra-time period takes four points.) A tie after extra time, each team gets two points.
  • Sent-off replacement after 20 minutes:  A team can replace a sent-off player after 20 minutes, but the offending player can’t resume play or allowed onto the field of play. Interesting! Right?
  • Breakdown rules: The referees will be strict on existing rules at the breakdown. The ball carries allowed one movement after a tackle. Secondary movement penalized, and tacklers must roll away toward the sidelines soon after. And defenders to remain onside to give more space for attaching sides.

The point system remains the same, with 4 points for a win, 2 for a draw and bonus point award for winning by three tries or more or losing by seven points or less.

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