The ACT Brumbies will host two afternoon games next year as part of a new-look Super Rugby draw designed to get fans back in the stands.
SANZAAR, the competition's governing body, will publish the draw on Tuesday with the regular season to start in January for the first time. The Brumbies will host the Queensland Reds in the opening round of the season on January 31.
They will also host two Sunday afternoon fixtures in the hope earlier kick-off times will increase crowd numbers in 2020.
The Brumbies will host a fan forum at Canberra Stadium on Wednesday night as the club's first step in re-engaging with key stakeholders.
They will likely officially reintroduce the ACT to their name from 2021 after an overwhelming fan response in a survey, while more friendly kick-off times have also been a bugbear for supporters.
Brumbies crowd numbers have been at record lows for home games in the past two years as general interest across Super Rugby dropped and affected all teams.
The early start to the season means warmer temperatures for most of the game, with the regular season to finish earlier than normal before Canberra hits the middle of winter.
But it also limits season preparation, with the Brumbies to play just one trial match and Wallabies players to return to training just three weeks before first game of the season.
It is hoped the Wallabies will perform well at the World Cup in Japan to give Australian rugby the boost it desperately needs on and off the field.
Their Cup campaign got off to a slow start when their flight to Japan was delayed by 16 hours because of Typhoon Fazai, which has shut down airports and trains in Tokyo and cut power to 900,000 homes.
Brumbies fullback Tom Banks joined the Wallabies despite being left out of the officials World Cup squad. Banks and Jack Maddocks have been added for a week of training in Odawara before the tournament opener against Fiji on September 21.
Under World Cup rules the pair will be allowed to stay and train with the group until September 14 and then will likely station themselves somewhere nearby should injury force the Wallabies to draft them in.
Among the 31 Wallabies players arriving on QF25 on Monday night, 17 were heading to their first World Cup.
Banks' training duties will make him unavailable for Canberra Vikings duties, but Joe Powell is expected to return to the National Rugby Championship this week.