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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

Rebels win, Brumbies lose in rugby trials

by , 1 Feb 2015

Karmichael Hunt has made his debut for the Queensland Reds, but the former rugby league and AFL star couldn’t stop his side going down to the Melbourne Rebels 28-13 in their Super Rugby trial at Barlow Park in Cairns. Hunt played just over 60 minutes at fullback on Saturday night in his first rugby game […]

Waratahs to play all matches except final at Allianz Stadium from 2016

Waratahs to play all matches except final at Allianz Stadium from 2016

by , 30 Jan 2015

The New South Wales Rugby Union and Waratahs have announced that the Super Rugby franchise will play all their regular season matches, quarter-finals and semi-finals at Allianz Stadium Absent from the announcement is what would happen if they hosted the Super Rugby final, leaving ANZ Stadium open a final from 2016. ANZ Stadium have said […]

No nerves for Karmichael Hunt ahead of Reds debut

by , 30 Jan 2015

The last time Karmichael Hunt was in Cairns, he was the feel-good story of Australian sport. The stakes aren’t quite as high this time around, but the interest levels will be about the same as the cross-code superstar plays for the Queensland Reds jersey for the first time. Two years on from his after-the-siren winning […]

Super Rugby fantasy versus reality

Super Rugby fantasy versus reality

by , 30 Jan 2015

I worked with a group of Englishmen who introduced me to Fantasy English Premier League – I performed poorly until I learned that picking a side to win a fantasy league is entirely different to picking a side to win an actual game. The point-scoring system is limited to easily measurable and auditable plays. For […]

Super Over to be employed if Cricket World Cup Final is a tie

Super Over to be employed if Cricket World Cup Final is a tie

by , 29 Jan 2015

The ICC has announced that the Cricket World Cup final could be decided by a Super Over, if the match ends in a tie. The Super Over would not be used in any game except the final, with the quarter finals and semis to be decided by the higher placed side coming into the knockout […]

Bill Pulver Q&A at 2015 Super Rugby launch

Bill Pulver Q&A at 2015 Super Rugby launch

by , 29 Jan 2015

The CEO of Australian Rugby Unino Bill Pulver answers questions at the 2015 Super Rugby launch in Sydney. Pulver, known for his startlingly accurate pre-season predictions, famously made the call yesterday that three Super Rugby teams from Australia would make the finals in 2015. With the Waratahs, Brumbies, Force, Rebels and Reds all looking promising […]

Scott Higginbotham speaks to The Roar at the 2015 Super Rugby launch

Scott Higginbotham speaks to The Roar at the 2015 Super Rugby launch

by , 29 Jan 2015

Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham was good enough to speak to The Roar at the launch of the 2015 Super Rugby season in Sydney. Higginbotham is gearing up for a massive 2015, in which he hopes to play for the Wallabies in his second Rugby World Cup, but beforehand he’ll have to earn selection through another […]

Dave Dennis talks to The Roar about 2015 Super Rugby season

Dave Dennis talks to The Roar about 2015 Super Rugby season

by , 29 Jan 2015

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis was good enough to speak to The Roar at the launch of the 2015 Super Rugby season in Sydney. We spoke to Dave about his knee, among many other issues ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season. He said he is targeting a return to action in either the second trial […]

Richard Graham speaks to The Roar about 2015 Super Rugby season

Richard Graham speaks to The Roar about 2015 Super Rugby season

by , 29 Jan 2015

Reds coach Richard Graham was good enough to speak to The Roar at the launch of the 2015 Super Rugby season in Sydney. We asked Richard about the decision to promote Karmichael Hunt to vice captain, despite not having played a game in Super Rugby, as well as the recruitment of James O’Connor. Graham was […]

Will losing Cooper make the Reds Super bloopers?

Will losing Cooper make the Reds Super bloopers?

by , 29 Jan 2015 Video

Are the Queensland Reds a write off before a scrum is packed down in the 2015 Super Rugby campaign? The recruitment of former All Black Adam Thomson, wayward Wallaby James O’Connor and code-hopper Karmichael Hunt has been a cause for plenty of enthusiasm among Reds supporters this summer after a couple of disappointing seasons since […]


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