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Greg Growden selects 10 Super Rugby games you just can't miss
Greg Growden
February 23, 2016
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Has the new Super Rugby format left you a little confused? Never fear, here are 10 games you can mark down on your calendar for season 2016.

Brumbies v Hurricanes (February 26, Canberra): With numerous notable Brumbies performers leaving at the end of this year, it's now or never for Stephen Larkham. An early encounter against a New Zealand force should show if the Canberraites will actually do anything this year.

Highlanders v Hurricanes (March 5, TBC): The effervescent strain of football shown by both teams last year was a 2015 highlight. Let's hope it continues. This 2015 final replay will have a definite edge, after the Hurricanes failed to make full use of home ground advantage in the final last year.

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Sharks v Jaguares (March 5, Durban): The Jaguares will be spending a fair amount of time on the road, but if they can fire early, especially against the unpredictable Sharks, they have the potential to go far in their first year.

Waratahs v Highlanders (March 18, Sydney): We'll see if the Daryl Gibson nice guy approach works with the Tahs. The Tahs have the squad to do something, but inventive teams like the Highlanders know how to derail a big talking, but often under-performing province.

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Sunwolves v Bulls (March 26, Singapore): After having only a two-week build-up for this tournament, the Japan players may now actually know each other. This match will show if Singapore is a viable new Super Rugby venue. Could turn into the ultimate Singapore Sling.

Bulls v Reds (April 16, Pretoria): It's round eight and will Richard Graham still be Reds coach? Wouldn't bet on it.

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Sunwolves v Force (May 7, Tokyo): By this time, the Force would have proven whether they remain the bores of the tournament, or have at last worked out a plan B, which doesn't involve kicking everything away. Considering their coach's rigid negativity, don't get too excited too early. This game will also show whether Japan have any local support- because unless you've had a big night on the sake you wouldn't be going to that game to watch the Force.

Crusaders v Waratahs (May 20, Christchurch): By this stage of the season, we will know whether the Crusaders can survive without Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter. Also by this time, we will also know whether a revamped Waratahs backline is working. Games between these two provinces are generally of a sparkling standard.

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Kings v Jaguares (May 27, Port Elizabeth): Will the Kings still be winless? Will they be complete embarrassments? Will Argentina be the big giant killers? Will it be worth getting up in the middle of the night? Why not. Comedy interludes will be good for the soul by this time of a long, long season.

Jaguares v Lions (July 16, Buenos Aires): By this stage, we may have some idea how this tournament actually works, if the conference system is a lopsided sham, and if the way-out odds on offer for Argentina winning it in their first year in is unbelievable value.

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