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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

Ball always bounced the Highlanders’ way

Ball always bounced the Highlanders’ way

by , 7 Jul 2015 Video

About the best compliment I can give this year’s Super Rugby Final is that I hit the blue button on my Foxtel IQ box to ‘keep’ the recording within minutes of full time. And I watched it again straight afterwards, too.

Next year boys, next year

Next year boys, next year

by , 7 Jul 2015 Video

Our first Super Rugby final was easily the most anticipated match here in Wellington for quite some time, as evidenced by the overwhelming demand for tickets – the initial offering apparently selling out in less than a minute, and temporary seating needing to be installed.

SPIRO: Highlanders show Wallabies how to win the unwinnable

SPIRO: Highlanders show Wallabies how to win the unwinnable

by , 6 Jul 2015 Popular article! Video

“Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell; It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell; It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat, For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.”

The Wrap: Super final demonstrates all that is right with rugby

The Wrap: Super final demonstrates all that is right with rugby

by , 6 Jul 2015

The reports of the death of rugby have been greatly exaggerated. The most telling outcome of the Highlanders’ historic Super Rugby final win was that, despite apprehension and concern in a number of areas, nothing is wrong with the rules of rugby.

A personal account of a long-suffering Highlanders supporter

A personal account of a long-suffering Highlanders supporter

by , 5 Jul 2015 Video

On the day I first watched a top rugby game live, my dad bought me a small soft toy. A smiling, rugby ball shaped figure in Highlanders colours, complete with rugby helmet and logo.

[Highlights] Highlanders claim Super Rugby crown in massive upset

[Highlights] Highlanders claim Super Rugby crown in massive upset

by , 4 Jul 2015 Popular article! Video

The Highlanders – rank outsiders according to most pundits throughout the week – have run out 21-14 victors over the Hurricanes at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium to claim the 2015 Super Rugby crown.

[Highlights] Highlanders steal Super Rugby Final win

[Highlights] Highlanders steal Super Rugby Final win

by , 4 Jul 2015 Video

The Highlanders have produced heist after heist all season but unleashed Super Rugby’s version of daylight robbery against the Hurricanes to claim a maiden title.

[VIDEO] Super Rugby final highlights, scores, blog: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

[VIDEO] Super Rugby final highlights, scores, blog: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

by , 4 Jul 2015 Popular article! Video

MATCH RESULT: The Highlanders have claimed their first Super Rugby title with a 21-14 win over the heavily-favoured Hurricanes at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.

Is the Rugby Championship skewed to help the Wallabies?

Is the Rugby Championship skewed to help the Wallabies?

by , 4 Jul 2015

I have not seen many comments on the structure of the upcoming Rugby Championship, and I recognise that with only one game against each country there is limited scope to make it absolutely fair.

Super Rugby Expert tipping: The final (Pick your margin!)

Super Rugby Expert tipping: The final (Pick your margin!)

by , 3 Jul 2015

So, one game to go, and we’re all locked up at the top and we’re all locked up the bottom. Elisha is both safe in the middle and doomed to the bronze medal. Not even double points can help him.


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