Same teams who started Super Rugby in 1996 to start 2010 Season

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Robert Fruean of the Hurricanes with Joe Rokocoko of the Blues compete for the ball. (May 1, 2009 - Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Robert Fruean of the Hurricanes with Joe Rokocoko of the Blues compete for the ball. (May 1, 2009 - Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Rugby15 has come across an interesting story in the New Zeeland Herald by Wynne Gray. Gray reveals how, after more than 1000 games of Super rugby, the same sides that began the professional rugby series in 1996 will duel at the start of this year’s competition.

All Black hookers Keven Mealamu and Andrew Hore will square off as they captain the Blues and the Hurricanes in next Friday’s start to the competition at Albany.

The Blues finished ninth and the Hurricanes were third after pool play last season in a series which was eventually won by the Bulls when they walloped the Chiefs in the final in Pretoria.

The Blues last won the title in 2003 and have qualified for the playoffs only once since. However, Mealamu has been encouraged by the squad’s progress and talks strongly about wanting the side to work into the season instead of peaking too early.

[ Information from the New Zeeland Herald and the story by Wynne Gray]

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