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Super Rugby, governed by SANZAR, is the largest and most competitive rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere with 15 sides, comprised of five teams from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand competing.

The competition was originally founded in 1996 as Super 12 – an expansion of the South Pacific Championship that began in 1986 – and continued with 12 teams until 2005. In 2006 the competition was expanded and renamed Super 14 with two new franchises, the Western Force (Perth) and Central Cheetahs (Free State and Northern Cape Province), entering the competition following ongoing negotiations in 2005.

In 2009, following prolonged discussion, SANZAR announced its intentions to expand the competition to 15 teams in 2011 with the last franchise to be the Rebels, based in Melbourne. The competition was consequently rebranded Super Rugby, but is colloquially referred to as the ‘Super 15’. SANZAR has hinted at further expanding the competition in 2016 with sides possibly coming from either Argentina, Japan, the U.S.

The 2013 Super Rugby competition was won by the Chiefs, who defeated the Brumbies 27-22 to claim their second consecutive Super Rugby title. From its inception, the competition has been dominated by New Zealand sides – winning a combined 12 from 18 on 16 of 18 finals appearances. From New Zealand the Crusaders are the competitions most successful side winning seven titles. The Bulls remain South Africa’s most successful side winning three titles and the Brumbies are Australia’s most successful with two. Only six sides have ever won a Super Rugby championship.

Crusader and All Black Dan Carter stands as the competitions highest point scorer (1,533); Doug Howlett the top try scorer (59); Dan Carter has kicked the most conversions (185); and Andrew Mehrtens has kicked the most penalties (202). The competition is renowned for attacking, physical rugby and is praised internationally for its flare and spectacular tries.

2015 Super Rugby Fixtures.

Super Rugby Articles

Suspended pair Hunt, Gill to face Rebels

by , 1 Apr 2015

More cavalry has arrived for the embattled Queensland Reds with Karmichael Hunt and Liam Gill set to face the Melbourne Rebels on Friday and Rob Simmons to join them on their forthcoming tour of South Africa.

Running the rule over the Super Rugby contenders

Running the rule over the Super Rugby contenders

by , 1 Apr 2015

Will we ever know what happened at Essendon? Just kidding! This is a drug saga-free zone.

Cue the ‘strongest conference’ arguments

Cue the ‘strongest conference’ arguments

by , 31 Mar 2015 Video

After the completion of Round 7, the Super Rugby table’s a weird-looking beast.

Running rugby or the grind? How to win the Rugby World Cup

Running rugby or the grind? How to win the Rugby World Cup

by , 31 Mar 2015

To win the ‘do or die’ games of Test rugby at the world cup, I believe you only need to have the ability to score two tries a match – and obviously concede less than that.

With Kuridrani out, who will step in at the Brumbies?

With Kuridrani out, who will step in at the Brumbies?

by , 31 Mar 2015

Recently, ACT Brumbies and Australian outside centre Tevita Kuridrani, who wreaked havoc in the Wallabies summer tour, damaged his AC joint which looks to have him sidelined for the next eight weeks.

Cheika unfazed by exodus concern

by , 30 Mar 2015

It’s not so much the talent already leaving after the Rugby World Cup but more the illustrious list of undecided players that must concern Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

SPIRO: ‘Tahs beat the Blues to win one for the Aussie Conference

SPIRO: ‘Tahs beat the Blues to win one for the Aussie Conference

by , 30 Mar 2015 Video

A journalist friend of mine, who loves the Waratahs and the Wallabies, sent me this email last week: “Something that might be worth pointing out is that I think only one Australia vs overseas Super Rugby side has gone our way this season. That was, I think, Rebels vs Crusaders.”

Diggercane’s Super Rugby wrap: Round 7

Diggercane’s Super Rugby wrap: Round 7

by , 30 Mar 2015 Video

Another round of Super Rugby has run its course and after seven rounds the likely playoff contenders are becoming clearer.

Super Rugby Australian player ratings: Round 7

Super Rugby Australian player ratings: Round 7

by , 30 Mar 2015 Video

Here are my player ratings from Round 7 of Super Rugby. Submit your own, keeping the figures for mediocre scores aside for reasons of brevity and so that the focus is on the best and worst performers.

Cheika keen on Larkham’s Wallabies input

by , 30 Mar 2015

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is looking forward to Stephen Larkham’s “awesome” input as they join forces officially for the first time to plot an unprecedented third Australian Rugby World Cup triumph.


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