Australia’s most successful team, the Brumbies has been left without a company. Super Rugby organisers focused on scheduling derbies in the opening round of the expanded competition.

Last night, expansion franchise, the Rebels, hosted NSW Waratahs, fuelling the traditional Sydney-Melbourne rivalry, while the go-getting states of Queensland and Western Australia pair off in Brisbane tomorrow.

Which left the Brumbies on their lonesome, at least in terms of a local derby.

The Brumbies have been set up with the Chiefs, who could not find a partner in New Zealand where the Highlanders travelled to Wellington to tangle with the Hurricanes last night and Blues host the Crusaders in Auckland tonight.