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The Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 schedule has been revealed and it has one major change from this year's successful tournament - a final.

The 2020 edition was robbed of a completed schedule when the second Covid-19 lockdown saw the final match between the Blues and Crusaders at Eden Park cancelled.

The Crusaders had already locked away the new trophy the previous weekend with a victory over the Highlanders. Next season's tournament will see the top two sides meet to decide the champions.

2021 will kick off with an old fashioned southern derby in a return to Friday night football.

The schedule for the second installment of the domestic competition has been announced, with 10 weeks of New Zealand derbies beginning on Friday February 26, with the Highlanders hosting the Crusaders in Dunedin.

There is a mixture of matches spread across all three weekend days, maintaining the popular Sunday afternoon clashes that returned in 2020.

The final between the top two sides after 10 weeks will take place on Saturday, May 8, contending the Tū Kōtahi Aotearoa trophy.

Next year's competition will build on the foundation of the 2020 tournament laid. We saw how exciting this home and away format was ... all five teams now know what's required to compete and win every week. With the availability of the All Blacks locked in for round one there are going to be fireworks from the opening whistle.

With four consecutive titles under their belt, the Crusaders are set to enter the competition as favourites once again.

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