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Super Rugby

Super Rugby LogoAlthough originally founded as the Super 12 competition in 1996, two more Super Rugby teams were added to the tournament in 2006 to change the name to Super 14, and in 2011, Super Rugby, as the addition of new team Melbourne Rebels expanded the competition to 15 teams.

The 2013 Super Rugby competition was won by the Chiefs, who defeated the Brumbies 27-22 to claim their second consecutive Super Rugby title.

2014 Super Rugby Fixtures.

Super Rugby Articles

Reds kingpin Horwill set to hit Super ton

by , 24 Apr 2014

Few players in Queensland rugby’s 132-year history have bled more Red than inspirational skipper James Horwill. But Horwill will line up at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday feeling as much fortune as pride in notching his 100-match Super Rugby milestone. The abrasive 200cm lock has overcome a reckless early reputation and three major leg injuries […]

Waratahs wary of Weepu, Nonu

by , 24 Apr 2014

The NSW Waratahs are wary of the emotional charge that Piri Weepu’s comeback from heart surgery will provide the Blues in Super Rugby’s Anzac Day showdown at Eden Park. While Kurtley Beale’s speedy recovery from an ankle injury boosted the Waratahs on Wednesday, the Blues also received a major lift when coach Sir John Kirwan […]

Pride, tradition and honour, but how much does it cost?

Pride, tradition and honour, but how much does it cost?

by , 23 Apr 2014

At the beginning of the Super Rugby season, the Sharks unveiled their promotional video for all to see. Simply put, you could call it a remembrance if those who came before them. Bismarck du Plessis, Jean Deysel, Patrick Lambie and a host of other Sharks players simply list their childhood heroes. It sounds simple when […]

Springboks kick and All Blacks run: Busting rugby myths

Springboks kick and All Blacks run: Busting rugby myths

by , 23 Apr 2014

We parrot. We repeat. We regurgitate received wisdom. This causes mythologies to develop, myths that make us feel wise. The echoes from others confirm our myths. One of the most repeated myths in rugby is that South Africa kicks all the time and looks to win with penalties, and New Zealand looks to run and […]

Where to for Australia beyond Super Rugby?

Where to for Australia beyond Super Rugby?

by , 23 Apr 2014

In Monday’s Australian, Bret Harris quoted an unnamed Australian rugby CEO saying the ARU had to be prepared let South Africa and New Zealand go “if a thorough cost analysis demonstrated that expanding to a 17 or 18-team Super Rugby competition would imperil the financial viability of the professional game in Australia.” Such sentiment has […]

Marshall no Folau, says ex-All Black

by , 23 Apr 2014

Footballing freak Israel Folau is setting impossibly high standards that no other rugby union convert – including Benji Marshall – should expect to match. That’s the opinion of former All Black centre and now NSW Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson, who says he’s disappointed Marshall’s rugby career hasn’t worked out. Gibson has no doubt that […]

Beale in cotton wool for Waratahs

by , 23 Apr 2014

The NSW Waratahs are unconcerned that injured playmaker Kurtley Beale may not train this week before tackling the Blues in Super Rugby’s Anzac Day blockbuster at Eden Park. NSW coach Michael Cheika has placed Beale in cotton wool, giving the midfield provider every chance to overcome an ankle injury in time to take the field […]

Reds unity will get them back on top

by , 23 Apr 2014

The Queensland Reds will draw on their 2012 heroics as the catalyst to reviving their Super Rugby campaign. The Reds head over to New Zealand for this weekend’s clash with the Hurricanes knowing time is running out for them to make a finals charge. Defeats in four of their past five games, including back-to-back losses […]

Force not scared of big Bulls pack

by , 23 Apr 2014

Western Force prop Kieran Longbottom knows he and his fellow heavyweights can’t afford another “off week” when they confront the Bulls in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash in Perth. The Force’s scrum was dismantled in last week’s 22-16 loss to the Melbourne Rebels, with the result ending the Perth-based franchise’s five-game winning streak. Although Longbottom […]

Waratahs: is the two playmaker system working?

Waratahs: is the two playmaker system working?

by , 22 Apr 2014

There’s been plenty of comment on The Roar in the last couple of weeks regarding the combination of Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale at the Waratahs, so I had a closer look at how the two-playmaker system worked during their match against the Bulls last weekend. The Waratahs started the match with an Israel Folau […]


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