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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

David Pocock and Kurtley Beale re-sign with Australian Rugby

David Pocock and Kurtley Beale re-sign with Australian Rugby

by , 28 Aug 2015

Wallabies and Brumbies openside flanker David Pocock and Waratahs back Kurtley Beale have re-signed with Australian Rugby and their Super Rugby franchises.

National Rugby Championship: Round 2 preview

National Rugby Championship: Round 2 preview

by , 27 Aug 2015

Round 1 of the NRC produced no great upsets, but it was clear that teams have upped their defensive intensity and base fitness levels; no doubt major lessons learned from last year.

Japanese Super Rugby team faces plenty of challenges, SANZAR remain firm in support

Japanese Super Rugby team faces plenty of challenges, SANZAR remain firm in support

by , 26 Aug 2015

Murmurs surrounding the Japanese team due to come into Super Rugby in 2016 have been growing louder as the deadline to be ready approaches.

What happened to the ARU TV deal?

What happened to the ARU TV deal?

by , 22 Aug 2015

With all this talk of TV deals I have one question. What ever happened to the ARU TV deal?

Richard Graham should become a life coach

Richard Graham should become a life coach

by , 20 Aug 2015

Clearly Richard Graham’s real coaching career will begin after rugby as a life coach.

Smith keeping World Cup dream alive

by , 20 Aug 2015

George Smith has refused to give up hope of reaching his first World Cup in eight years with Australia, some five years on from his Test retirement.

Eddie Jones in talks with Super Rugby’s Stormers

Eddie Jones in talks with Super Rugby’s Stormers

by , 19 Aug 2015

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has confirmed he’s in talks with South African Super Rugby franchise the Stormers, but has denied having already signed with them.

Things get grimmer for Japanese Super Rugby team

Things get grimmer for Japanese Super Rugby team

by , 19 Aug 2015

As seemingly one of the few supporters of Super Rugby’s expansion into Japan, a dastardly blow has been delivered to my hope of supporting a half decent Japanese team next year.

Pressure on Graham to produce at Reds

Pressure on Graham to produce at Reds

by , 18 Aug 2015

Richard Graham must produce instant success at the Queensland Reds next year or he will face the sack that he somehow avoided on Tuesday.

Richard Graham reappointed as Reds coach for 2016 Super Rugby season

Richard Graham reappointed as Reds coach for 2016 Super Rugby season

by , 18 Aug 2015

Reds coach Richard Graham has had his contract extended for the 2016 Super Rugby season.


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