Western Force have been handed another tough Super Rugby schedule next year, with two trips to New Zealand instead of the customary two-game tour.
They will play the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday, March 15, but will not play the Crusaders until 11 weeks later in Christchurch on Friday, May 30 - and with only a six-day turnaround after playing the Lions at nib Stadium.
They will also leave Perth for the South Island just a week after their two-game tour of South Africa, where they play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and Stormers in Cape Town.
Last year the Force had a gruelling season that coach Michael Foley said had "severely disadvantaged" his side.
The Force flew 68,000km in 20 weeks, including two trips to New Zealand.
While they will again have extra travel, Force chief executive Mark Sinderberry said the draw was far better than last year.
"We have got to travel but that's the nature of the game and at the end of the day we'll make it work," Sinderberry said.
"The draw is significantly better for our members, particularly the consistency of Saturday home games.
"We are excited by the draw. We've got a good spread of games and some exciting, mouth-watering home fixtures. There are a lot of positives."
The Force open their season against three Australian sides - away to the Waratahs on Sunday, February 23, followed by home games at nib Stadium against the Brumbies and Rebels.
They also have home matches against reigning Super champions the Chiefs, who could have Sonny Bill Williams back in the fold, and the Blues, who have signed code-hopper Benji Marshall.
Some of their home games have late-afternoon or early-evening kick-offs and in past seasons early starts have kept Force crowd numbers down because of local premier grade games played on Saturday afternoons.
However, RugbyWA may look at moving its kick-off times or even playing matches on Friday nights or Sundays.
The season has a staggered start, with South African sides kicking off a week early on February 15. There is a three-week break from the end of May to the last week of June for Test matches, and only Australian and New Zealand sides will play in the last week in June.
The finals series will be played over three weeks starting on Friday, July 18. SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said 2014 promised to be an exciting season."Local derbies remain the pre-eminent focus of the early rounds as they have proven to be tremendous drawcards to establish early momentum and start the competition with the tribalism and passion that Super Rugby is renowned for," Peters said.