Chiefs and Highlanders to kick off Super Rugby next year

first_imgThe final will be on 6 July.It also means Super Rugby will run uninterrupted for 21 weeks and there will be a uniform start to the tournament with a full schedule of seven matches in round one.Previously the South African and Australian sides have kicked off the competition a week earlier than the New Zealand teams.The Blues will host the Crusaders in their opening game and the Hurricanes are away to the Waratahs. Both those matches are on Saturday 16 February.The finals series will also remain unchanged with each of the three Conference winners qualifying for and hosting a quarter-final.The team with the most tournament points that is not a conference winner, regardless of conference, will host the fourth quarter-final.This wildcard team will be joined in the quarter-finals by the next best four wildcard teams based on tournament points and regardless of conference.last_img read more

Helloworld sees bright future despite network downgrade

first_imgHelloworld is feeling buoyant about growth in trading on its online platform, despite a downgrade in its retail network of seven per cent.The decline in the network is likely to deliver a AUD $10 million reduction in the current financial year but the group expects the growth to help put adjusted earnings at AUD $40 million or $41 million.Helloworld remains optimistic that it will have more than 1,700 locations when it reaches 12 months since the launch of the brand in July, however only 890 locations have signed up currently.Helloworld’s projection was based on it finding 300 branded locations, 400 brand-carrying associate locations, 300 affiliate locations and a further 440 locations operating under the Concorde Agency Network.Helloworld chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said that Helloworld’s network had developed strongly and quickly.As of June 2014, 260 locations have received branding and signage and 15 more retrofitted as new ‘ambassador’ stores with new branding, design, layout, interiors and furniture.Helloworld also expects to achieve considerable cost reduction with a brand refresh due for June 30th.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more