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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

Rene Ranger returns as Blues thump Rebels in preseason trial

Rene Ranger returns as Blues thump Rebels in preseason trial

by , 5 Feb 2016 Video

The Blues have roundly beaten the Melbourne Rebels 59-7 in a trial match at Bell Park in Auckland on Thursday.

Blues run riot in rugby win over Rebels

Blues run riot in rugby win over Rebels

by , 5 Feb 2016 Video

New Blues coach Tana Umaga is naturally delighted with a 59-7 win but also says the Super Rugby pre-season victory over the Melbourne Rebels has to taken with a grain of salt.

Guildford at fullback for Waratahs trial

by , 5 Feb 2016 Video

The return from injury of giant Wallabies lock Will Skelton and the debuts of speedsters Reece Robinson and Zac Guildford are major points of interest for NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson heading into Saturday’s Super Rugby trial against the Brumbies.

Japanese Test prop signs with Chiefs

by , 5 Feb 2016

The Chiefs have signed an experienced Japan international prop to replace injured All Black Nepo Laulala.

Highlanders begin Super Rugby warm-up

by , 5 Feb 2016 Video

They might be significantly far from their Dunedin base, but cool temperatures are making the Highlanders feel right at home in Hong Kong.

Reds name Taniela ‘Tongan Thor’ Tupou for trial match

Reds name Taniela ‘Tongan Thor’ Tupou for trial match

by , 4 Feb 2016 Video

Queensland Reds fans will get a glimpse into the future on Saturday with plenty of fresh faces set to play during the team’s first Super Rugby pre-season trial against the Crusaders.

WATCH: Force hold Hurricanes scoreless in preseason hitout

WATCH: Force hold Hurricanes scoreless in preseason hitout

by , 4 Feb 2016 Video

The Western Force have put in a promising performance in their first preseason match against last season’s grand finalists the Hurricanes.

Western Force defeat Hurricanes in Gosford

Western Force defeat Hurricanes in Gosford

by , 4 Feb 2016 Video

The Western Force have come away with a convincing 28-0 victory over the Hurricanes at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.

Super Rugby 2016 tweaks: We’ve seen all this before

Super Rugby 2016 tweaks: We’ve seen all this before

by , 4 Feb 2016 Video

I’ll admit it – a couple of law variations and the announcement of the referee’s panel was not entirely how I envisaged getting into Super Rugby for 2016. However, here we are in the first week of February, with something of a ‘soft launch’ into the newly expanded competition.

Reaching the peak: How Michael Hooper returns to the top of his game

Reaching the peak: How Michael Hooper returns to the top of his game

by , 4 Feb 2016

Coming off a World Cup year in 2015, Wallaby Michael Hooper enjoyed one of the longest breaks of his professional career before getting back to work with his NSW Waratahs preparing for the 2016 Super Rugby season.


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