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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

THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

by , 31 Oct 2014

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains thinks he’s a mercenary. To most of the Australian news media, he’s a walking headline. In rugby circles, the consensus seems to be that he’s one hell of an athlete, although the jury remains out as to whether he will ever develop the instincts to be a top echelon […]

Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

by , 31 Oct 2014

Oh, how things have changed since my last article. The Wallabies nearly pulled off a miraculous victory in Bledisloe 3, we have a new national coach and Kurtley Beale – depending on your state allegiance – either got off with a slap on the wrist or got slammed with an outrageous penalty. Once again, I’d […]

Who will save the ARU?

Who will save the ARU?

by , 29 Oct 2014

Johnny Wilkinson kicked. He kicked me in the heart and kicked the Wallabies out of the 2003 World Cup. Religiously I reversed the result down at the local park. Role-playing with George Gregan spinning the ball back to me, as Stephen Larkham, under enormous pressure from the opposition, I kept my cool and slotted a […]

Pek Cowan re-signs with Western Force

by , 28 Oct 2014

Wallabies prop Pek Cowan says his burning desire to see the Western Force taste long-overdue success was his major reason behind re-signing with the Super Rugby franchise for a further two years. The Force were on track for a maiden finals berth last season but a loss to the Brumbies in the final round ruined […]

Why Super Rugby isn’t going to be so Super from 2016

Why Super Rugby isn’t going to be so Super from 2016

by , 27 Oct 2014

I’m sure we are all well aware of the changes that are going to take place in Super Rugby in 2016. I, for one, am not happy with them. The introduction of three new teams into the competition won’t only have the affect of diluting the standard of the competition and adding onto an already […]

Japan beats Singapore for 18th Super Rugby side

by , 25 Oct 2014

Japan has beaten Singapore as the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016, organisers said Friday. A team from Japan will join the Kings from South Africa’s Eastern Cape and a team based in Argentina when Super Rugby expands from its current 15 teams to 18 in 2016. International […]

Concussion: The silent issue that needs stronger support

Concussion: The silent issue that needs stronger support

by , 14 Oct 2014

In the aftermath of a class group lawsuit action by families of former American football players, people in rugby began to wonder whether the same threat of head trauma existed. The difference was highlighted between the use of head protection. The helmet in the NFL was used as an attacking weapon. In short, NFL players […]

The case for Super 20, 22 and 24 rugby

The case for Super 20, 22 and 24 rugby

by , 14 Oct 2014

Regardless of whether Japan or Singapore gets the final Super 18 franchise, it seems only those managing the TV rights will be happy with the outcome. The players and the clubs themselves are last in the order of priority it seems, besides the audience who pay to watch them play. The Argentinian and Asian sides […]

Leaked texts cloud Beale’s rugby future

by , 14 Oct 2014

Leaked text messages have cast a deep cloud over trouble-plagued star Kurtley Beale’s future in Australian rugby. They also appear to support besieged Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s insistence that he didn’t learn about the text exchange between Beale and Wallabies business manager Di Patston in June until after their spat on a flight three weeks […]

Off-season review: Queensland Reds

Off-season review: Queensland Reds

by , 12 Oct 2014

Over the past few weeks, I have grown increasingly tired of reading the plethora of negative articles on both the Wallabies and the state of Australian rugby. That is not to say that there aren’t a lot of issues currently plaguing the game they play in heaven, but at times I think we all can […]


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