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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.

2015 Super Rugby Fixtures.

Super Rugby Articles

Super Rugby reportedly to have a free-to-air presence from 2016

Super Rugby reportedly to have a free-to-air presence from 2016

by , 24 Nov 2014

The Ten Network will cover one match of each Super Rugby ­round in 2016, according to the reported terms of a pending broadcast deal. It’s been a long time coming, but their may be some good news for rugby fans without pay television in Australia, with Ten the potential broadcaster. As reported by the Sydney […]

Stop whinging about Super Rugby

Stop whinging about Super Rugby

by , 22 Nov 2014

In a frightful turn of events SANZAR’s decision to expand Super Rugby into an 18-team competition involving Japan and Argentina has turned a significant number of Super Rugby fans English! Too much travel, the teams don’t all play each other, the new teams will be too weak, it’ll destroy rugby in this country, and that […]

Super Rugby a World Cup boost for Japan

by , 22 Nov 2014

Japan dream of parlaying their entry into an expanded Super Rugby competition into a first-time World Cup quarter-final showing when they host the global showpiece in 2019. The formal inclusion of franchises from Tokyo and Buenos Aires in a remodelled 18-team competition from 2016 had been mooted for some time, but only rubber-stamped by SANZAR […]

SPIRO: Has Super Rugby  gone for the money rather than the game?

SPIRO: Has Super Rugby gone for the money rather than the game?

by , 21 Nov 2014

SANZAR, based on the news released today, has gone for the money. The new structure will generate or should generate large dollops of television money outside of the SANZAR countries. But at what cost to the rugby integrity of the tournament? The main complaint from South African administrators and players was that the travelling component […]

BREAKING: Japan and Argentina to join Super Rugby in 2016

BREAKING: Japan and Argentina to join Super Rugby in 2016

by , 21 Nov 2014

In a major development for the Super Rugby competition, the SANZAR Executive Committee this morning formally confirmed that both the Japan Rugby Football Union and the Union Argentina de Rugby have been admitted into the Super Rugby tournament from 2016. The official press release from SANZAR reads as follows: ‘The Japanese team will be based […]

Tahs eye back-to-back Super Rugby crowns

by , 21 Nov 2014

The NSW Waratahs are embracing the challenge of trying to remain at the Super Rugby summit – even in the absence of master motivator Michael Cheika. While Cheika, in his new twin role as coach of state and country, is guiding the Wallabies in Europe, the non-touring Waratahs have begun pre-season training in Sydney. With […]

SANZAR confirms Japan and Argentina to get Super Rugby sides

by , 21 Nov 2014

Japan and Argentina will have teams in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016, SANZAR confirmed on Thursday. The inclusion of franchises from Tokyo and Buenos Aires had been mooted for some time, the governing body for Australia, New Zealand and South African rugby rubber stamping their addition. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome […]

Gibson puts hand up for top Waratahs job

by , 20 Nov 2014

Assistant coach Daryl Gibson has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Michael Cheika as the NSW Waratahs’ head coach after the 2015 Super Rugby season. The former All Black is overseeing the Waratahs’ pre-season training while Cheika guides the Wallabies on their European tour. With Cheika to juggle state and national coaching duties […]

NRC report card: The thumbs up-thumbs down review

NRC report card: The thumbs up-thumbs down review

by , 4 Nov 2014

The National Rugby Championship has been run and won. Now, the nervous wait begins to see if the competition will return in 2015. This time seven years ago, John O’Neill read the Australian Rugby Championship its last rights, after it shelled more than $4.5 million in its first year. Anecdotally, I’ve heard that the NRC […]

The Wallabies collapse again

The Wallabies collapse again

by , 3 Nov 2014

On the weekend, we saw our men in gold collapse again in the face of strong opposition. No, I am not talking about the entertaining win by the Wallabies against the Barbarians, which the Australians won 40-36. I am talking about the Wallaby scrum. Collapse after collapse after collapse until, of course, Ben Alexander left […]


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