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Super Rugby, governed by SANZAAR, is the largest and most competitive rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere with 18 sides, comprised of five teams from Australia, five teams from New Zealand, six teams from South Africa, and one team from each of Japan and Argentina.

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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.

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 competition’s 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.

In 2016 the competition was expanded from 15 to 18 teams, welcoming a sixth South African team (the Southern Kings), along with foundation teams from Japan (the Tokyo Sunwolves) and Argentina (the Jaguares). These new teams also brought a change to the Super Rugby conference structure. The previous system of three conferences spread equally into Australia, New Zealand and Africa became two groups: the Australasian Group, comprising of Australia and New Zealand, and the South African Group, comprising of two African conferences along with the Argentinian and Japanese sides.

The Sunwolves' captain Shota Horie

Crusader and All Black Dan Carter stands as the competition’s 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.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

Super Rugby Articles

ARU locks in date for extraordinary general meeting

ARU locks in date for extraordinary general meeting

by , 29 May 2017

Australia’s long-running Super Rugby team axing saga is set to be thrashed out behind closed doors at an extraordinary general meeting of the Australian Rugby Union on June 20.

The Wrap: Tough round for Stiles, McMahon and the dunny brush

The Wrap: Tough round for Stiles, McMahon and the dunny brush

by , 29 May 2017 Video

It’s easy to imagine every rugby fan, no matter their colours, enjoying the way Damien McKenzie plays his rugby. Even so, there are many in New Zealand who doubt his pedigree as an All Black: ‘too small, too brittle, too brilliant’.

Brumbies justify their place in Super Rugby – unlike the Reds and Waratahs

Brumbies justify their place in Super Rugby – unlike the Reds and Waratahs

by , 29 May 2017

First, the good news from a generally dismal Round 14 of Super Rugby 2017 for the Australian teams.

The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 14

The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 14

by , 29 May 2017

Each week we’ll be looking at the best of the best in Australian rugby and piecing together the top 15 players out of the Aussie Super Rugby sides from the round gone by.

The unkindest cut of all

The unkindest cut of all

by , 29 May 2017

Just over ten weeks ago I penned an article in defence of the rugby club that I grew up supporting and to criticise the ARU’s strategy for the future of Super Rugby.

Lions vs Kings: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Kings: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 28 May 2017

The Lions will look to maintain their winning streak when they take on a wounded Kings team that narrowly lost to the Brumbies. Join us at The Roar for live score updates and a blog at 10:30pm AEST.

The High Five: Super Rugby Round 14

The High Five: Super Rugby Round 14

by , 28 May 2017

Eight matches from Round 14 of Super Rugby have been completed with just the Lions and Kings still to be completed early Monday morning in the antipodes – a match which will have little effect on the makeup of the playoffs this season with only three rounds remaining.

Jaguares vs Brumbies highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Jaguares vs Brumbies highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 28 May 2017 Video

The Brumbies have an opportunity to secure a rare Super Rugby away win when they travel to Argentina to take on the struggling Jaguares. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40am AEST.

Mr Stiles, stop whinging and fix the fixables

Mr Stiles, stop whinging and fix the fixables

by , 28 May 2017

Yes, the Reds’ loss last night to the Force was a particularly disappointing one for Queensland coaches, players and fans.

Tahs put in spirited performance despite Highlanders’ loss

Tahs put in spirited performance despite Highlanders’ loss

by , 28 May 2017 Video

NSW Waratahs captain Michael Hooper has lamented another undisciplined performance from his side, with their Super Rugby finals hopes taking a big hit with a 44-28 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.


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