Swindale and Harper Lock Shield draws released

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.

Key features of the Swindale Shield include:

  • 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

Full Marist St Pats draw here

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