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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

Rugby truly is the game they play in heaven

Rugby truly is the game they play in heaven

by , 22 Dec 2014

For more than a hundred years rugby union has grown in leaps and bounds as a worldwide game. Since embracing professionalism, it has carved its essence in the hearts of countless people all over the world. In 2011 rugby found it’s way into my own soul and hasn’t let go since. We call it the […]

Is Michael Cheika steering a leaky ship?

Is Michael Cheika steering a leaky ship?

by , 8 Dec 2014

The dust has settled on a turbulent two months in Australian rugby. The newly-appointed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, is part-time in the job heading in to a World Cup year. This is an unsatisfactory state of affairs that others on this site have commented upon. The Wallabies have put in their worst Northern Hemisphere tour […]

Who would you add to your 2015 Super Rugby squad?

Who would you add to your 2015 Super Rugby squad?

by , 8 Dec 2014

A couple of months ago, Roar contributor Carnivean contacted me on Twitter to propose an article topic of ‘Select one player to improve your Super Rugby team for 2015′ and suggested I give it a crack. Now, during the off-season, I thought it would be a fun idea to explore and will go through each […]

The Super Rugby changes are good for the game

The Super Rugby changes are good for the game

by , 6 Dec 2014

I know what you are all thinking. You’re worried about the addition of the Argentinian and Japanese teams to Super Rugby – but I’m here to tell you to R-E-L-A-X. Share our game with the world People seem to quickly forget that Australia, New Zealand and South Africa don’t own the rights to rugby as […]

Build it and they will come: What to do with Sydney’s stadia

Build it and they will come: What to do with Sydney’s stadia

by , 5 Dec 2014

There has been plenty of talk about sporting venues in Sydney and its surrounds. Some of the plans for some sporting venues in Sydney are great, some of them need work, and some of them need more explaining, especially in visual form to help convince me that they are viable projects. Here is an explanation […]

Rugby Union Player Association awards: Full nominations

Rugby Union Player Association awards: Full nominations

by , 4 Dec 2014

The finalists for the 2014 RUPA Awards have been announced, with the awards to be handed out next week, 10 December. The awards acknowledge the best of the Super Rugby performances in 2014, as well as off-the-field achievement in all areas, including academia. Nick Cummins won the RUPA Medal for Excellence last year. It’s decided […]

THE OUTSIDER: The first annual ‘Meats’

THE OUTSIDER: The first annual ‘Meats’

by , 3 Dec 2014

Phew! It’s finally over. All 10 months of it. Now that there’s time to catch our breath, we can start that sordid review process: what was good, what was bad, and what we’d rather not recall at all but kinda have to, from the rugby union season just past. And unlike the politically correct world, […]

The future of Super Rugby: Is SANZAR’s model the best?

The future of Super Rugby: Is SANZAR’s model the best?

by , 28 Nov 2014

There has been a lot of controversy around the future of Super Rugby from 2016 onwards, where we will see three teams join the competition. One will be the Southern Kings from South Africa, giving them their wish of a sixth Super Rugby side. This is largely undisputed as the way to go. They have […]

Super Rugby reportedly to have a free-to-air presence from 2016

Super Rugby reportedly to have a free-to-air presence from 2016

by , 24 Nov 2014

The Ten Network will cover one match of each Super Rugby ­round in 2016, according to the reported terms of a pending broadcast deal. It’s been a long time coming, but their may be some good news for rugby fans without pay television in Australia, with Ten the potential broadcaster. As reported by the Sydney […]

Stop whinging about Super Rugby

Stop whinging about Super Rugby

by , 22 Nov 2014

In a frightful turn of events SANZAR’s decision to expand Super Rugby into an 18-team competition involving Japan and Argentina has turned a significant number of Super Rugby fans English! Too much travel, the teams don’t all play each other, the new teams will be too weak, it’ll destroy rugby in this country, and that […]


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