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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

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 Video

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 […]

Wallabies forward line report cards

Wallabies forward line report cards

by , 18 Aug 2014 Video

The Wallabies stopped the All Blacks claiming their world record 18 wins in a row, but have also blown their chance of extending their own run of eight-straight victories. In the terrible, rainy conditions the Australians were very close to knocking off the All Blacks, but it just wasn’t to be for either side in […]

Bledisloe Cup opener ends in tryless draw

Bledisloe Cup opener ends in tryless draw

by , 16 Aug 2014 Popular article! Video

Lightning does strike twice after all, with the Wallabies again denying the All Blacks a record 18th consecutive Test win in a tense 12-12 draw in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener in Sydney. Two years ago, an 18-18 draw in Brisbane prevented the All Blacks matching the 18 straight wins by New Zealand […]

Cheika’s amateur style key to success in the professional era

Cheika’s amateur style key to success in the professional era

by , 15 Aug 2014

Since the birth of professional rugby union in 1995, the sport has suffered something of an identity crisis. With the professional era, players became employees and coaches became executives. All you have to do is compare a Test from the golden era with one from recent times and it is clear that something had gone […]

Examining the NRC rule variations

Examining the NRC rule variations

by , 14 Aug 2014

With the Shute Shield wrapping up this weekend, Bill Pulver’s new baby, the National Rugby Championship, is just a week away from commencing. Billed as ‘ARC mach two’, the Australian rugby union has promised to do things differently this time around. I explored the merits of the competition late last year, but now the new […]

Fainga’a called up to Wallabies

by , 12 Aug 2014

Experienced Queensland Reds rake Saia Faingaa has been called into the Wallabies squad after an injury to Tolu Latu further depleted Australia’s thinning hooking stocks. Latu was forced out of the squad after breaking an arm in a Sydney club game on the weekend. He joins Australia’s two most senior hookers Stephen Moore and Tatafu […]

One ANZer for rugby’s future – What Super Rugby should be

One ANZer for rugby’s future – What Super Rugby should be

by , 9 Aug 2014

In my article a couple of weeks ago I voiced my dismay at the direction SANZAR are taking our game into the future. After reading countless articles and comments since the details of Super Rugby post 2015 were released, it seems to be a position that is shared by many of my fellow roarers. In […]

The Outsider: Different teams. A different time

The Outsider: Different teams. A different time

by , 9 Aug 2014

Within an hour of the final whistle having blown in the Super Rugby final, All Black No 8 Kieran Read was being asked as to the significance of the tournament’s outcome with relation to the upcoming Bledisloe Cup. It was a legitimate question, albeit totally loaded.
The Crusaders skipper’s response was surely exactly as his enquirer […]

Nadolo re-signs with Crusaders

by , 9 Aug 2014

Giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo, having brushed aside a racist taunt in a Christchurch bar earlier this week, has re-signed with the Crusaders for another two years of Super Rugby. Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said on Friday that Nadolo would now return to his NEC Green Rockets team in Japan for another season before […]


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