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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.

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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.

Super Rugby Articles

Opportunities aplenty in the NRC for fringe Wallabies

Opportunities aplenty in the NRC for fringe Wallabies

by , 30 Jul 2015

The NRC marquee Wallabies allocations were announced on Monday, and while there were no great surprises among the names listed, the allocations themselves highlighted why the NRC will be very important for several players on the Wallabies’ periphery.

Western Force sign former Springbok Peter Grant

by , 29 Jul 2015

It’s taken them six years to get the deal done, but the Western Force have finally lured former Springboks flyhalf Peter Grant their way.

Reds still on hunt for Cooper replacement

Reds still on hunt for Cooper replacement

by , 29 Jul 2015

The Queensland Reds are still on the hunt for an experienced five-eighth to replace Quade Cooper despite the re-signing of young pair Jake McIntyre and Sam Greene.

All Blacks vs Springboks: Rugby’s ultimate clash of the titans

All Blacks vs Springboks: Rugby’s ultimate clash of the titans

by , 23 Jul 2015 Popular article!

There comes a time when you’ve battled for every single point on the scoreboard, when you’ve made every single earth-shattering hit count and powered every grinding scrum into the ground.

Graham to re-apply for Reds job

by , 23 Jul 2015

Richard Graham has vowed to fight to remain Queensland Reds coach after being told he must re-apply for his job.

Retallick signs for Rebels in Super Rugby

by , 22 Jul 2015

The Melbourne Rebels have signed their second New Zealand forward in as many days, with lock Culum Retallick switching from the Blues on a two-year deal.

Rebels snatch World Cup winner

by , 21 Jul 2015

The Melbourne Rebels have bolstered their squad ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season, signing ex-All Black and World Cup winner Adam Thompson from the Queensland Reds.

We cannot lift the Cup unless we pick the right pack

We cannot lift the Cup unless we pick the right pack

by , 21 Jul 2015

I write this article on how to pick the best forward pack as an old grey nomad who has long been out of the loop and seen little rugby in recent times.

SPIRO: Wallaby captain Cheika-mates his coach and the Springboks

SPIRO: Wallaby captain Cheika-mates his coach and the Springboks

by , 20 Jul 2015 Popular article!

Was Stephen Moore’s decision to go for glory with a five-metre lineout against the Springboks in the last minute of an enthralling Test one of the best captain’s calls for the Wallabies in their recent history? I think so.

The Wrap: Isn’t it great to have Test rugby back?

The Wrap: Isn’t it great to have Test rugby back?

by , 20 Jul 2015

It’s natural in a world cup year to have one eye focused on the big prize. This potentially devalues what happens in the Test matches immediately preceding the cup itself.


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