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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.

2015 Super Rugby Fixtures.

Super Rugby Articles

The Rugby Championship: No rest for the big questions

The Rugby Championship: No rest for the big questions

by , 19 Sep 2014 Popular article!

The Rugby Championship might be taking a week off, as the Wallabies and All Blacks ready themselves to travel to the opposite ends of the earth, but not Biltong, Digger, and I. “No bloody way,” the evil editors said. “That forum’s waaaay too popular on a Friday for you blokes to be getting a week […]

The NRC rule variations are helping improve the game as a spectacle

The NRC rule variations are helping improve the game as a spectacle

by , 19 Sep 2014

Queensland Country finally broke their NRC duck at the fourth attempt with an exciting win over the Greater Sydney Rams at Ballymore on Thursday evening. The crowd of around 1500, including Reds favourites Quade Cooper, Rob Simmonds, Saia Fainga’a and new recruit Ben Hunt, were treated to a tight game full of incident, with four […]

Super draw for Anzac celebrations

by , 19 Sep 2014

Super Rugby will make a feature out of next year’s Anzac weekend by scheduling five matches between Australasian rivals. In releasing the 2015 draw on Thursday, governing body SANZAR has revealed three trans-Tasman clashes, plus Australian and New Zealand derby matches, as part of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Defending champions NSW will […]

Mickey Arthur sets sights on rugby glory

by , 18 Sep 2014

Former Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur wants at least 30 per cent of players inducted into the Western Force’s new junior academy to go on to play Super Rugby. And talented athletes from rival sports will also be targeted as the Perth-based franchise attempts to build the best development program in the world. The newly-launched […]

The NRC wrap Round 4: First semi-finalist locked in?

The NRC wrap Round 4: First semi-finalist locked in?

by , 15 Sep 2014

With Melbourne Rising still unbeaten after four rounds and now a bonus-point win clear of the chasing pack, it is hard to imagine them not playing in – or even hosting – one of the inaugural National Rugby Championship semi-finals. The Melbourne juggernaut kicked off Round 4 on Thursday night with another crushing win. They’re […]

How are the Wallabies’ World Cup chances looking?

How are the Wallabies’ World Cup chances looking?

by , 13 Sep 2014

Before the Rugby Championship 2014 began, I wrote an article on my burgeoning optimism for the Wallabies possibilities at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. I had ventured into the rarefied air of the real possibility for the Wallabies to make the final and perhaps even win the 2015 Rugby World Cup. A black-fading-to-grey picture was […]

ARU, give sabbaticals a rest

ARU, give sabbaticals a rest

by , 11 Sep 2014

Sabbatical, it has a lovely ring to it. A promise of leisure and relaxation. Your mouth even feels refreshed for having said it. But in its use by the ARU in discussing player contract conditions, its actual meaning has become muddled. Literally it relates to the Sabbath and means a period of rest after an […]

Rebels sign first local player to Super squad

by , 9 Sep 2014

The Melbourne Rebels have signed their first local player from the Victorian competition with centre Sefanaia Naivalu joining the Super rugby club on a two-year deal. Naivalu, who is a product of the Box Hill club, has made the most of his opportunity with the unbeaten Melbourne Rising in the National Rugby Competition. After top-scoring […]

The Wallabies’ woes are far from over

The Wallabies’ woes are far from over

by , 9 Sep 2014

The Wallabies’ 24-23 victory over the Springboks in Perth last Saturday felt a little retro. There was something very ‘classic’ about it, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the dying seconds. It was enough to leave a loyal fan a little nostalgic. And, since it was the number two team in the world […]

Wallabies win, but so many unanswered questions remain

Wallabies win, but so many unanswered questions remain

by , 9 Sep 2014 Popular article!

I’ve been through the full gamut of emotions since the Wallabies’ chalked up their last-ditch win over South Africa in Perth on Saturday night, and I’ve probably re-written this column in my head three or four times before finally committing to the keyboard. I feel relief and frustration at the result and how they got […]


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