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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.

2014 Super Rugby Fixtures.

Super Rugby Articles

Work out Wallaby woes with Waratahs

Work out Wallaby woes with Waratahs

by , 31 Aug 2014

Even McKenzie should have been dancing jigs as Michael Cheika developed his team through the winter. What an inheritance! Not only were they winning, they were winning with style. Most points for, least against, most tries and the turnstiles were twirling. That Waratahs took me back 50 years to when the NSW sky blues challenged […]

Is the ARU sabbatical move strong enough?

Is the ARU sabbatical move strong enough?

by , 30 Aug 2014

Bill Pulver and the ARU are to be commended for taking a more flexible attitude to Wallabies playing overseas. Currently, if any Wallabies representative plays overseas he gives up his right to play for the men in gold. From 2016, a yet to be determined number of Wallabies will be allowed one-year sabbatical contracts overseas, […]

Reds unveil O’Connor, Hunt rugby signings

by , 30 Aug 2014

Australian rugby’s prodigal son has returned home with James O’Connor pledging to finally fulfil his potential at the Queensland Reds. The Reds trumpeted O’Connor’s return, on a two-year deal, and the acquisition of code-hopper Karmichael Hunt as drawcard Super Rugby recruits at their annual gala ball on Friday night. The dual announcement has been in […]

McCabe’s future hinges on Wallabies doctor

by , 28 Aug 2014

The Brumbies have watered down head coach Stephen Larkham’s comments that hardman Pat McCabe has retired, saying the 26-year-old’s playing future hinges on a meeting with the Wallabies’ doctor. McCabe fractured his neck in the Wallabies’ 51-20 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, with Larkham telling ABC radio on Wednesday morning […]

ARU and Ewen McKenzie motivated by the wrong forces

ARU and Ewen McKenzie motivated by the wrong forces

by , 26 Aug 2014

Why is it that one star player gets to dictate terms to the ARU and to the detriment of the Wallabies? It seems the ARU always get played by some of their better contracted players, because they are desperate to not lose any star power. A few weeks ago Waratah Kurtley Beale threatens to go […]

Where to from here for the beaten and busted Wallabies?

Where to from here for the beaten and busted Wallabies?

by , 25 Aug 2014

Having witnessed yet another Australian Bledisloe defeat at the hands of the All Blacks, it’s due time we asked some some serious questions. There are a number of lingering issues with the Wallabies, both on and off the field. I’ll start with the Auckland riot. The game was undoubtedly a one-sided affair. While critics may […]

Maintaining the All Black legacy

Maintaining the All Black legacy

by , 23 Aug 2014

Once upon a dark, starry night the rugby gods assembled to create the ultimate weapon. They had been watching rugby’s progenitors battle it out, still inventing the game as they went along and they were pleased, but not overly satisfied. “Our game is coming along quite nicely isn’t it?” One of the gods remarked. “Indeed […]

Your Super Rugby Team of the Year, with a twist

Your Super Rugby Team of the Year, with a twist

by , 22 Aug 2014

It’s a little late but I want you to consider your Super Rugby Team of the Year. I want you to name yours. But first, let me name mine. 1. James Slipper 2. Bismark Du Plessis 3. Kieran Longbottom 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Victor Matfield 6. Boom Prinsloo 7. Michael Hooper 8. Jerome Kaino 9. […]

Skelton out to make big impact

by , 20 Aug 2014

Sir Graham Henry wanted him to be an All Black, but instead Will Skelton looms as a Wallabies gamebreaker charged with busting the Bledisloe Cup series wide open on Saturday. An explosive man of the match in his Test debut against France in June, Skelton had to wait 70 minutes before injecting his super-sized frame […]

Wallabies let down by McKenzie’s poor substitutions

Wallabies let down by McKenzie’s poor substitutions

by , 18 Aug 2014

Well, that was anticlimactic. Unfortunately Bledisloe game one between Australia and New Zealand ended in a 12-all draw in a match played in atrocious conditions. I am not going to criticise the quality of the match, it was always going to be a grind in that weather. Anybody who saw the torrential downpour an hour […]


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