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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.

2014 Super Rugby Fixtures.

Super Rugby Articles

Test spots last thing on Brumbies’ minds

by , 23 Jul 2014

It’s a Super Rugby blockbuster so chock-full of Test experience that you could start two Wallabies sides, but jostling for green and gold jerseys will be the last thing on the players’ minds. The Waratahs v Brumbies clash is being billed as the biggest Australian derby since the two sides last met in a semi-final […]

Cheika brings back the big guns for Super Rugby semi

Cheika brings back the big guns for Super Rugby semi

by , 22 Jul 2014

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has recalled fullback Israel Folau and Rob Horne from injury as welll as South African lock Jacques Potgieter for their Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies on Saturday. Potgieter is the only straight replacement for the ‘Tahs, and he replaces hulking lock Will Skelton in the starting team. Skelton started in […]

Super Rugby semi-finals – How’s it going to play out?

Super Rugby semi-finals – How’s it going to play out?

by , 22 Jul 2014

The semi-finalists for the 2014 Super Rugby season have been confirmed after two exhilarating preliminary finals and it is difficult to deny that the Brumbies and Sharks have well and truly earned the right to have a go at the two top teams from the round robin, the Waratahs and Crusaders. In terms of travel, […]

Brumbies fans to swell Super crowd

by , 22 Jul 2014

Travelling Brumbies supporters are set to swell the crowd for next Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Waratahs to what could be a franchise finals record for the NSW Rugby Union. The Brumbies’ final home win over the Highlanders in Canberra last Saturday secured a crack at minor premiers NSW at Allianz Stadium. The win […]

SPIRO: Finals on! Four worthy contenders for Super Rugby title

SPIRO: Finals on! Four worthy contenders for Super Rugby title

by , 21 Jul 2014 Popular article!

The four teams contesting the semi-finals of the 2014 Super Rugby tournament are all worthy contenders with a chance of tournament victory: the Waratahs, the Crusaders, the Brumbies and the Sharks, probably in that order. Before the qualifying final at Canberra, the Brumbies coaching staff were suggesting that the 2014 side was a better team […]

Mainstream media is slipping further behind the curve

Mainstream media is slipping further behind the curve

by , 21 Jul 2014 Popular article!

I love quotations. They are windows into the minds of scientists, philosophers, writers, performers, politicians and even, occasionally, athletes. The impending sense of discovery makes scrolling through quotes exciting. Whenever I stumble across a really great quote I’m reminded that well written words are as much a medium for discovery as they are a means […]

Super expansion offers big opportunities 

Super expansion offers big opportunities 

by , 21 Jul 2014

There has been a lot of conjecture recently about the expansion of Super Rugby into Asia. Fuelling much of the debate was the announcement by SANZAR that the 18th and final side to be added to the Super Rugby competition in 2016 will come from either Singapore or Japan. While both are exciting concepts, as current Japan […]

Super Rugby Expansion 2016 – Part 1

Super Rugby Expansion 2016 – Part 1

by , 21 Jul 2014

In an age where corporate money is quickly consuming more and more of the product that is sport and recreation to the local fans of our sporting codes, I sometimes stop and wonder where the suits, media and corporate sponsorship dollars are taking the game I love; rugby. Is it to better our game, by […]

Brumbies to battle ‘unstoppable’ Tahs

by , 21 Jul 2014

Two pithy words and a wry grin. That’s all Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen had to spare in response to a NSW Waratah’s boast they’ll be “unstoppable” on their march to a maiden Super Rugby title. “We’ll see,” was Mowen’s blunt reply. The grudge rivals will clash at Allianz Stadium next Saturday for a blockbuster semi-final […]

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

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

by , 20 Jul 2014 Popular article! Video

The first week of the 2014 Super Rugby finals sees the Highlanders facing the South African conference leading Sharks in Durban at 1:05am (AEST) on Sunday morning. Under the guidance of head coach Jake White the Sharks emerged as Super Rugby’s premier side in the first half of the competition, winning seven of the opening eight game. However, the Sharks have dropped […]


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