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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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[VIDEO] Queensland Reds vs Hurricanes highlights: Super Rugby scores

[VIDEO] Queensland Reds vs Hurricanes highlights: Super Rugby scores

by , 26 Apr 2015 Popular article! Video

The Queensland Reds host the Hurricanes on what will hopefully be a sunny Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Join The Roar for live scores from 4pm AEST.

[Highlights] Waratahs beat Rebels 18-16

by , 26 Apr 2015 Video

The NSW Waratahs have held out the Melbourne Rebels 18-16 to set the stage for a potentially decisive Super Rugby conference derby with the Brumbies in Canberra.

Vermeulen blocks Pollard kick to give Stormers win over Bulls

by , 26 Apr 2015

Stormers skipper Duane Vermeulen has blocked a late drop-goal attempt by Bulls Handre Pollard to help his team win a pulsating Super 15 clash 15-13 at Newlands.

Lions edge Cheetahs in thrilling match

by , 26 Apr 2015

The Lions have edged the Cheetahs 34-29 in an eight-try Super Rugby thriller at Ellis Park that gave the competition a much-needed boost in South Africa.

Stormers vs Bulls: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

Stormers vs Bulls: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 26 Apr 2015

The improving Bulls travel south to Cape Town to face the resurgent Stormers, in a battle for the top of the South African conference. Join The Roar from 3:10am (AEST) for live scores and updates.

Brumbies season not back on track: Larkham

by , 26 Apr 2015

A bonus-point win over the Highlanders doesn’t mean the Brumbies’ Super Rugby season is back on track, says coach Stephen Larkham.

[VIDEO] NSW Waratahs vs Melbourne Rebels highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

[VIDEO] NSW Waratahs vs Melbourne Rebels highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

by , 25 Apr 2015 Popular article! Video

The Melbourne Rebels travel to Sydney to face the NSW Waratahs in Round 11 of Super Rugby. Join us here on The Roar from 7.55pm (AEST) for live scores and updates.

[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores

[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores

by , 25 Apr 2015 Video

The Crusaders and Blues face off on Anzac Day evening at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).

[Highlights] Pocock scores hat-trick as Brumbies beat Highlanders

by , 25 Apr 2015 Video

A rejuvenated David Pocock helped the Brumbies snap a two-game losing streak with a first-half hat-trick in Friday night’s 31-18 Super Rugby win over the Highlanders.

Turner lauds fill-in Frisby’s Reds efforts

by , 25 Apr 2015 Video

Former Wallaby Lachie Turner has hailed the efforts of young half Nick Frisby as the Queensland Reds’ makeshift five-eighth this Super Rugby campaign.


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