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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

2014 Super Rugby grand final will be epic

2014 Super Rugby grand final will be epic

by , 2 Aug 2014 Video

The 2014 Super Rugby final is one of the most important games for Australia and New Zealand in a long, long time. Perhaps close to a decade. It is also a critical match for both Canterbury and New South Wales. It is a good opportunity for the Crusaders to finally win the trophy despite repeated […]

Ode to those brave rugby souls

Ode to those brave rugby souls

by , 2 Aug 2014 Video

With the upcoming Super Rugby final looming this weekend, I thought I would take a look back at some historical moments in the game – well one anyway, the very first. It is the moment when that callow youth, William Webb Ellis, caught the ball and ran forwards with it. The accuracy of that story […]

Super Rugby final: Read storms out of photo shoot with tardy Hooper

Super Rugby final: Read storms out of photo shoot with tardy Hooper

by , 2 Aug 2014 Video

The stage is set for a classic Super Rugby final after a week-long build-up spiced with psychological shots from both sides of the Tasman ended in more drama and controversy. Fed-up Crusaders captain Kieran Read walked out on a scheduled photo shoot with NSW counterpart Michael Hooper and the coveted trophy on Friday after the […]

Beale fails to complete Tahs training

by , 2 Aug 2014

Star playmaker Kurtley Beale has failed to complete the NSW Waratahs’ final training session before Saturday night’s blockbuster Super Rugby final with the Crusaders. Beale required treatment for a shoulder complaint midway through the captain’s run at Allianz Stadium, but coach Michael Cheika was not concerned enough to tinker with his bench. Cheika on Friday […]

Stars set sights on Wallaby gold via NRC

by , 2 Aug 2014

Three of Australian rugby’s biggest stars are on track to make their returns from injury in the new National Rugby Championship (NRC). Quade Cooper, Will Genia and Henry Speight will all push for Wallabies selection via their respective NRC teams during the domestic competition – which kicks off on August 21. It’s a huge boost […]

Crusaders affording Waratahs due respect

by , 2 Aug 2014

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says it would be a huge mistake to regard the NSW pack as the soft underbelly of the Waratahs going into Saturday’s Super Rugby final. Former All Blacks forward Craig Dowd used that derogatory term to describe the Waratahs forwards in his internet column and predicted the Crusaders would target the […]

Waratahs warned: There are no fairytales

by , 2 Aug 2014

They won the minor premiership in record-setting fashion and boast an astonishing 18 internationals, but once-bitten finalist Rob Horne has a wise word of warning to his NSW Waratahs teammates. “There’s no fairytales in life. You’ve got to go out there and make it happen,” Horne said ahead of the Waratahs’ blockbuster Super Rugby final […]

The one that got away for the ‘Tahs

by , 2 Aug 2014

History shows there’s been 18 hyped-up yet fruitless campaigns for the NSW Waratahs. But 2008 – precisely the May 31 Super 14 final at Christchurch’s renovated Lancaster Park – stands as the one that got away. A night where the Tahs, guided by a teenage Kurtley Beale, led 12-3 and had a long-awaited title in […]

Robbie Deans backs Crusaders

by , 2 Aug 2014

Multiple Super Rugby title-winning coach and former Wallabies mentor Robbie Deans has given his stamp of approval to the 2014 Crusaders ahead of Saturday’s final against the NSW Waratahs. Deans coached the Crusaders to five titles in nine years, including their last with victory over the Waratahs in the 2008 final in Christchurch immediately before […]

Waratahs happy with Super final referee

by , 2 Aug 2014

The NSW Waratahs aim to take the referee out of the equation in a Super Rugby final tipped to go down to the wire on Saturday night. The Waratahs know their showdown with the Crusaders, Super rugby’s most successful outfit, could come down to penalties and will “have a little look” at what referee Craig […]


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