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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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Super Rugby Articles

Club football ratings and attendances for January/February 2015

Club football ratings and attendances for January/February 2015

by , 4 Mar 2015

This is the latest installment in a series of articles keeping tabs on club football ratings and attendances across the four football codes. The first article for 2015 combines January and February, but from March onwards I will revert to monthly updates. In the interests of comparability and accessibility, all ratings are for Fox Sports. […]

Five steps to fix the maul

Five steps to fix the maul

by , 4 Mar 2015

Rugby has made a credible attempt to fix scrums recently, now it’s time to turn our attention to mauls. The way mauls are refereed and executed currently is messy, random and verging on preventing one of the most important pillars of rugby: contested possession. Before I lay out how to fix the problems, I want […]

The balance of power in Super Rugby thus far

The balance of power in Super Rugby thus far

by , 4 Mar 2015

Super Rugby 2015 is only three rounds old, but there are plenty of trends and hints emerging, giving us an idea of the better sides in the tournament this year. Let’s start with the cellar dwellers and work our way up. No team wins Super Rugby in the first three rounds, but a team can […]

The beginner’s guide to rugby union positions: The forwards

The beginner’s guide to rugby union positions: The forwards

by , 3 Mar 2015

Are you new to rugby? Have you been watching rugby with your friends and family, but still have no idea what the difference is between a tighthead prop and an winger? Or do you know all the names of all the positions of the game, but don’t have the faintest idea what their purpose is […]

Tale of the tape: Super Rugby Round 3 review

Tale of the tape: Super Rugby Round 3 review

by , 3 Mar 2015

Another week, another fantastic round. With the early season blues now behind us, and the actual Blues behind everyone, teams are slowly beginning to take the shape we can expect them to maintain for much of the season. This gives us a healthy insight into who our top teams just might be. It was tries […]

Are the Aussie sides on the same page? Do we have Cheika to thank?

Are the Aussie sides on the same page? Do we have Cheika to thank?

by , 3 Mar 2015

We’ve all probably lost count of the number of times we’ve heard the Wallabies coach talking about ‘working with the provinces’ for a more collaborative relationship between the five Super Rugby sides and the Australian team. Generally speaking, whenever we’ve heard those words, any possible signs of even vague unification have been short-lived. Though the […]

Waratahs wary of James O’Connor

by , 3 Mar 2015

The NSW Waratahs have wasted no time identifying James O’Connor as the Queensland Reds’ dangerman in Saturday night’s Super Rugby derby in Brisbane. O’Connor is just one match into his return to Australian rugby, but the reigning Super champions are already on guard as they chase maximum points in a must-win early-round encounter at Suncorp […]

Pilecki’s fury motivates Reds ahead of Tahs clash

by , 3 Mar 2015

Emails from ex-players have already inundated Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham. Not that he has to be reminded of the importance of Saturday night’s home Super Rugby clash with defending champions NSW Waratahs. Graham said former players had not wasted time telling him how vital it was to take down their old enemy at Suncorp […]

Super Rugby player ratings Round 3

Super Rugby player ratings Round 3

by , 3 Mar 2015

Here are my player ratings from Round 3 of Super Rugby. Submit your own, keeping the figures for mediocre scores aside for reasons of brevity and so that the focus is on the best and worst performers. I would like to build on this every week, using a few important rules. Scores should be either […]

Carter close to re-signing with Brumbies

by , 3 Mar 2015

Workhorse Wallabies lock Sam Carter says he’s close to finalising a deal with the Brumbies and the ARU to extend his contract past 2015. Carter’s impending signature will bring welcome relief to Aussie rugby fans as lock numbers have dwindled in recent times. Emerging Test second rowers Kane Douglas and Peter Kimlin both departed for […]


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