Premier rugby will kick off on 21 March with Marist St Pats hosting Old Boys-University at Evans Bay Park. Marist St Pats will not play Wellington, Johnsonville or Oriental-Rongotai in the the Swindale Shield or Harper Lock Shield rounds as teams only play 10 matches.
21 March home and away start
Clubs are split into two pools based on their results at the end of 2019
Clubs play a total of ten matches; six against the other teams in their pool as well as four crossover matches
Clubs will not play three other clubs in the Swindale Shield, same as 2019
The crossover matches were decided by a set formula that removed the need for clubs to pick who they did/didn't want to play. The formula makes it as equitable as possible for all clubs when playing crossover matches
One overall points table so clubs and fans know where their team stands in the race for the Jubilee Cup
The season has no mid-week or double-header rounds