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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.

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Super Rugby Articles

Concussion: The silent issue that needs stronger support

Concussion: The silent issue that needs stronger support

by , 14 Oct 2014

In the aftermath of a class group lawsuit action by families of former American football players, people in rugby began to wonder whether the same threat of head trauma existed. The difference was highlighted between the use of head protection. The helmet in the NFL was used as an attacking weapon. In short, NFL players […]

The case for Super 20, 22 and 24 rugby

The case for Super 20, 22 and 24 rugby

by , 14 Oct 2014

Regardless of whether Japan or Singapore gets the final Super 18 franchise, it seems only those managing the TV rights will be happy with the outcome. The players and the clubs themselves are last in the order of priority it seems, besides the audience who pay to watch them play. The Argentinian and Asian sides […]

Leaked texts cloud Beale’s rugby future

by , 14 Oct 2014

Leaked text messages have cast a deep cloud over trouble-plagued star Kurtley Beale’s future in Australian rugby. They also appear to support besieged Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s insistence that he didn’t learn about the text exchange between Beale and Wallabies business manager Di Patston in June until after their spat on a flight three weeks […]

Off-season review: Queensland Reds

Off-season review: Queensland Reds

by , 12 Oct 2014

Over the past few weeks, I have grown increasingly tired of reading the plethora of negative articles on both the Wallabies and the state of Australian rugby. That is not to say that there aren’t a lot of issues currently plaguing the game they play in heaven, but at times I think we all can […]

The big bucks of union could see more NRL players jump ship

The big bucks of union could see more NRL players jump ship

by , 12 Oct 2014

2014 has been a year success for the NRL. A successful launch of the preseason nines tournament in Auckland and record-breaking TV audiences for both the State of Origin and the grand final. So everything inside the game is rosy, right? Apart from minor irritants such as rules we´d like changed, I would say yes. […]

Good rugby folk: pull your fingers out, help save the game

Good rugby folk: pull your fingers out, help save the game

by , 10 Oct 2014

I love rugby. I love rugby so much that when people call rugby league “rugby” I prissily correct them, because to truly love rugby is to be an incurable pedant. Rugby union is, to me, the prince of football codes. Such a wide range of skills involved, such a variety of types required for a […]

Reds snare All Black Adam Thomson

by , 8 Oct 2014

The Queensland Reds have secured an important boost to their forward pack by signing former All Blacks back-rower Adam Thomson for the 2015 Super Rugby season. Capped 29 times for New Zealand, the rangy Thompson was a member of the All Blacks 2011 World Cup-winning squad before moving to play in Japan for the past […]

THE OUTSIDER: Why Japan is not so Super

THE OUTSIDER: Why Japan is not so Super

by , 8 Oct 2014

So, where is the Asian Super Rugby team going to go? It’s indicative of the level of indecision that even the timeline on when the decision will be made is confusing. It depends on which reports you read. Given that all three SANZAR heads are in Singapore attending an IRB meeting this week, there’s a fair […]

Waratahs CEO steps down after record season

by , 30 Sep 2014

Waratahs CEO Jason Allen has announced his decision to move on from the organisation, following four years at the helm. One of the longest serving CEOs in NSW Rugby history, Allen instigated a significant change process and now leaves the organisation at the top of its game. Culminating in the Tahs’ first-ever Super Rugby title, […]

Sonny Bill Williams set for rugby return

by , 30 Sep 2014

Code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams is likely to play provincial rugby for Counties Manukau before a probable return to the All Blacks. The dual international is likely to begin his second stint in rugby at the province, after previously indicating he would be unavailable. His first game could come just eight days after his Sydney Roosters […]


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