The 2015 Super Rugby season has been condensed to accommodate next year's World Cup in England.
Next year's competition will finish a month earlier to give nations more time to prepare for the showpiece.
Each team will play 16 matches in the regular season ahead of the July 4 final. The eighth Rugby World Cup begins on September 18 when England play Fiji at Twickenham.
A June international window has been scrapped for the 2015 season to accommodate for the earlier finish.
The Crusaders - who lost the 2014 final to the Waratahs - will open the new season against the Rebels on February 13 in Christchurch.
New Zealand host Sri Lanka in the same city one day later in the opening fixture of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Waratahs begin their season against the Force on February 15.
The Waratahs take on the Crusaders in the Grand Final re-match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on May 23.