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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

Blues vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 23 May 2015

Round 15 of Super Rugby sees the table-topping Hurricanes travel to Eden Park in Auckland to take on the Blues. Join The Roar for all the action from 5:35pm (AEST).

What was wrong with James O’Connor last night?

What was wrong with James O’Connor last night?

by , 23 May 2015 Popular article! Video

All James O’Connor had to do on his return to Australia was stand up, be counted, and pack his bags for the Rugby Championship, and the Rugby World Cup. Not any more.

Training biffo spices up Force training

by , 23 May 2015

Tempers have flared at Western Force training this week, and coach Michael Foley couldn’t be happier.

Waratahs wary of Crusaders

by , 23 May 2015

The NSW Waratahs are wary of a vengeful and surging Crusaders side heading into Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby clash.

Broadhurst not distracted by Test whispers

by , 23 May 2015

Providing the grunt for a charge to the Super Rugby playoffs has priority over any All Blacks ambitions for Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst.

James O’Connor Red-faced as Sharks beat Queensland

by , 23 May 2015 Video

A horror James O’Connor error allowed the Sharks to break a six-match Super Rugby losing streak with a 21-14 victory over the Queensland Reds on Friday night.

Bye-bye to ANZ for the Tahs

Bye-bye to ANZ for the Tahs

by , 23 May 2015

It is with mixed feelings that I prepare to head to ANZ stadium on Saturday night to watch my beloved Waratahs take on the mighty Crusaders.

[VIDEO] Reds vs Sharks highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

[VIDEO] Reds vs Sharks highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

by , 22 May 2015 Popular article! Video

For both the Reds and the Sharks the finals are out of the question, but pride is still on the line. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).

[VIDEO] Chiefs vs Bulls highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

[VIDEO] Chiefs vs Bulls highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

by , 22 May 2015 Popular article! Video

The race to the Super Rugby finals is heating up and with both the Chiefs and Bulls in contention a hard-fought contest is guaranteed. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEST).

Fresh Crusaders to topple the Waratahs in a do-or-die match

Fresh Crusaders to topple the Waratahs in a do-or-die match

by , 22 May 2015

Saturday’s rematch of last year’s Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and the Waratahs promises to be the match of the round.


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