Rebel Sport Super 14 champions the Crusaders will play two pre-season games in Perth and Timaru this month.
The Crusaders will play the Western Force at the Members Equity Stadium in Perth on Friday, January 23 (kick-off 8pm) and the Highlanders at Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru, on Friday, January 30 (kick-off 5.30pm).
The squad will arrive in Perth on Wednesday, January 21, and leave on Monday, January 26.
They travel down to Timaru on the day of the game and will return to Christchurch the next day.
The Todd Blackadder-coached team will round out their preparations with an inter-squad hit-out on Thursday, February 5.
The first competition game for the Red and Blacks is against the Chiefs at AMI Stadium on Saturday, February 14.