The referee appointments for Round #1 of the 2020 Super Rugby season are now confirmed.

The seven-match Round 1 kicks-off in Auckland where Angus Gardner will be in charge of the Blues versus Chiefs New Zealand derby. The same evening AJ Jacobs will be in Canberra taking charge of the Brumbies versus Reds Australian derby while Marius van der Westhuizen will referee the South African derby between the Sharks and Bulls in Cape Town.

There are four matches on Saturday with proceedings starting at the new Super Rugby venue in Fukuoka where the Sunwolves face the Rebels at Level Five Stadium. Ben O'Keeffe will be in charge, while fellow Kiwi referee Paul Williams [pictured] has the whistle for the Trans-Tasman clash between reigning champions Crusaders and the Waratahs at Trafalgar Park, Nelson. Jaco Peyper takes charge of the match at DHL Newlands in Cape Town where the Stormers host the Hurricanes.

The weekend closes in Buenos Aires where last year's losing finalists Jaguares take on the Lions at Amalfitani Stadium. The referee is Rasta Rasivhenge.

Match  Blues v Chiefs @ Eden Park, Auckland
Date  Friday 31 January
Kick-off  19:05 local
Referee  Angus Gardner
AR1  Paul Williams
AR2  Dan Waenga
TMO  aaron Paterson


Match  Brumbies v Reds @ GIO Stadium, Canberra
Date  Friday 31 January
Kick-off  19:15 local
Referee  AJ Jacobs
AR1  Nic Berry
AR2  Graham Cooper
TMO  Ian Smith


Match  Sharks v Bulls @ Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Date  Friday 31 January
Kick-off  19:10 local
Referee  Marius van der Westhuizen
AR1  Jaco Peyper
AR2  Egon Seconds
TMO  Marius Jonker


Match  Sunwolves v Rebels @ Level Five Stadium, Fukuoka
Date  Saturday 1 February
Kick-off  12:45 local
Referee  Ben O'Keeffe
AR1  Shuhei Kubo
AR2  Tasuku Kawahara
TMO  Minoru Fuji


Match  Crusaders v Waratahs @ Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Date  Saturday 1 February
Kick-off  19:45 local
Referee  Paul Williams
AR1  Angus Gardner
AR2  Dan Waenga
TMO  Shane McDermott


Match  Stormers v Hurricanes @ DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Date  Saturday 1 February
Kick-off  15:05 local
Referee  Jaco Peyper 
AR1  Marius van der Westhuizen
AR2  Egon Seconds
TMO  Joey Klaaste-Salmans


Match  Jaguares v Lions @ Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires
Date  Saturday 1 February
Kick-off  20:00 local
Referee  Rasta Rasivhenge
AR1  Pablo Deluca
AR2  Martin Cordoba
TMO  Santiago Borsani


Bye: Highlanders