2018 Super Rugby teams

Michael Hooper against the Brumbies (Source: AJF Photography)There are 15 Super Rugby teams contetesting the 2018 season, and you can find each squad list right here.

The 2018 Super Rugby season kicks off on February 17, in South Africa and it will feature 15 teams across three conferences playing 16 games each – an increase of one from last year. With three fewer teams and a drop in conferences, the competition should be a lot easier to work out this season.

So to help you stay on top of all the teams, here is every squad in the Super Rugby competition.


Jump to: Australian Conference | New Zealand Conference | South Africa Conference


Australian Conference

ACT Brumbies
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The Brumbies were the best of a bad bunch in 2017, finishing atop the Australian conference and an easy ticket to the finals. The Canberrans hosted a do or die quarter-final with the Hurricanes and were thoroughly beaten 35-16, finishing a lackluster season for all Australian clubs.

They’ve made the finals every year since 2013 and will be hoping to give winning their first title since 2004 a red-hot crack.

ACT Brumbies squad: Robbie Abel

Allan Alaalatoa, Ben Alexander, Richie Arnold, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Tom Cusack, Blake Enever, Mees Erasmus, Folau Fainga’a, Lolo Fakaosilea, Ben Hyne, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Josh Mann-Rea, Nic Mayhew, Lachlan McCaffrey, Isi Naisarani, David Pocock, Scott Sio, Faalelei Sione, Darcy Swain, Rob Valetini, Tom Banks, James Dargaville, Kyle Godwin, Mack Hansen, Wharenui Hawera, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Ryan Lonergan, Matt Lucas, Andrew Muirhead, Chance Peni, Joe Powell ,Andrew Smith, Henry Speight, Lausii Taliauli, James Verity-Amm


Queensland Reds
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The Reds had a forgettable season in 2017, finishing third last in Australia and Australasia combined, having at one stage, lost six games in a row.

Now with new head-coach Brad Thorn at the helm, Reds supporters will be hopeful for a good season. Thorn coached Queensland Country to a stunning turnaround in the NRC, going from wooden spooners to champions in back-to-back seasons.

Queensland Reds squad: Sef Fa’agase, Harry Hoopert, James Slipper, JP Smith, Taniela Tupou, Markus Vanzati, Alex Mafi, Andrew Ready, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Angus Blyth, Kane Douglas, Harry Hockings, Izack Rodda, Lukhan Tui, Michael Gunn, Reece Hewat, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Korczyk, Angus Scott-Young, George Smith, Caleb Timu, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Moses Sorovi,James Tuttle, Hamish Stewart, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Filipo Daugunu, Karmichael Hunt, Lachlan Maranta, Eto Nabuli, Izaia Perese


Melbourne Rebels
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The Rebels had yet another disastrous campaign in 2017, but, the Melbourne-based club has been the biggest benefactors of the discontinued Western Force franchise. There is plenty of hope for a strong 2018 season.

Melbourne Rebels squad: Jermaine Ainsley, Ben Daley, Tetera Faulkner, Tom Moloney, Fereti Sa’aga, Sam Talakai, Laurie Weeks, James Hanson, Anaru Rangi, Jordan Uelese, Adam Coleman, Esei Ha’angana, Trevor Hosea, Sam Jeffries, Geoff Parling, Matt Philip, Alex Toolis, Colby Fainga’a, Richard Hardwick, Ross Haylett-Petty, Rob Leota, Amanaki Mafi, Jordy Reid, Lopeti Timani, Will Genia, Harrison Goddard, Michael Ruru, Nic Stirzaker, Tayler Adams, Jono Lance, Jack McGregor, Reece Hodge, David Horwitz, Bill Meakes, Hunter Paisami, Sione Tuipulotu, Tom English, Pama Fou, Henry Hutchinson, Marika Koroibete, Sefa Naivalu, Dom Shipperly, Semisi Tupou, Dane Haylet-Petty, Jack Maddocks.


NSW Waratahs
waratahs

The Tahs also had a season to forget, widely criticised for their performances and results. They finished second last in the Australasian group with four wins from 15 games.

NSW Waratahs squad: Sekope Kepu, Tom Robertson, Paddy Ryan, Matt Sandell, Angus Ta’avao, Sam Needs, Dave Lolohea, Damien Fitzpatrick, Tolu Latu, Hugh Roach, Ned Hannigan, David McDuling, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Ryan McCauley, Senio Toleafoa, Jack Dempsey, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Brad Wilkin, Maclean Jones, Matt Lucas, Nick Phipps, Jake Gordon, Bernard Foley, Bryce Hegarty, Andrew Deegan, Mack Manson, Israel Folau, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Irae Simone, Cameron Clark, Andrew Kellaway, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Reece Robinson, Harry Jones

Sunwolves
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Japan’s Sunwolves join the Australian conference after two years in South Africa. They’ll be hoping for a more competitive effort in 2018, with their first two seasons in Super Rugby netted a total of just three wins.

Sunwolves squad:
Asaeli Ai Valu, Keita Inagaki, Koo Ji-won, Craig Millar, Ruan Smith, Hencus van Wyk, Jaba Bregvadze, Shota Horie, Grant Hattingh, Uwe Helu, Kazuki Himeno, Sam Wykes, Willie Britz, Michael Leitch, Shunsuke Numomaki, Ed Quirk, Wimpie van der Walt, Yutaka Nagare, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Yu Tamura, Timothy Lafaele, Michael Little, Harumichi Tatekawa, Sione Teaupa, Will Tupou, Kenki Fukuoka, Lomano Lemeki, Hosea Saumaki, Gerhard van den Heever, Akihito Yamada, Robbie Robinson


New Zealand Conference

Blues
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The Blues finished last amongst the New Zealand teams in 2017 but still finished above the Brumbies in total points. They haven’t featured in the pointy end of the season since 2011.

Blues squad: Leni Apisai, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Alex Hodgman, Sione Mafileo, Pauliasi Manu, Isaac Salmon, Mike Tamoaieta, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jimmy Tupou, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Jerome Kaino, Dalton Papalii, Glenn Preston, Kara Pryor, Murphy Taramai, Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru, Otere Black/Daniel Kirkpatrick, Bryn Gatland, Stephen Perofeta, Matt Johnson, George Moala, Tamati Tua, TJ Faiane, Sonny Bill Williams, Caleb Clarke, Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Jordan Trainor


Chiefs
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The Chiefs had a solid season in 2017. Unfortunately, in the New Zealand conference, ‘solid’ isn’t good enough. The men from Waikato finished third and bowed out early in the finals. The have a strong squad for the upcoming season.

Chiefs squad: Liam Polwart, Nathan Harris, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Aidan Ross, Atu Moli, Kane Hames, Mitchell Graham, Nepo Laulala, Sosefo Kautai, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Fin Hoeata, Michael Allardice, Lachlan Boshier, Liam Messam, Luke Jacobson, Mitchell Brown, Mitchell Karpik, Sam Cane, Taleni Seu, Tyler Ardron, Brad Weber, Jonathan Taumateine, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Damian McKenzie, Marty McKenzie, Tiaan Falcon, Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Charlie Ngatai, Johnny Fa’auli, Regan Verney, Levi Aumua, Sam McNicol, Shaun Stevenson, Solomon Alaimalo, Toni Pulu, Tim Nanai-Williams


Crusaders
crusaders

The Crusaders have proven once again, that they are the most successful, consistent franchise in the Super Rugby season. They finished the 2017 season as champions once again, prevailing over a courageous Lions outfit in the grand final.

Seven new players have been added to the squad for the premiership defence.

Crusaders squad: Ben Funnell, Andrew Makalio, Codie Taylor, Mike Alaalatoa, Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Oliver Jager, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Scott Barrett, Mitchell Dunshea, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Sam Whitelock, Ethan Blackadder, Billy Harmon, Kieran Read, Tom Sanders, Pete Samu, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Mitchell Drummond, Bryn Hall, Jack Stratton, Mike Delany, Mitchell Hunt, Richie Mo’unga, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Braydon Ennor, George Bridge, Israel Dagg, David Havili, Will Jordan, Jone Macilai, Manasa Mataele, Seta Tamanivalu


Highlanders
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the Highlanders had a great season last year, finishing second, and they will be keen on continuing their progression to another Super Rugby championship.

Highlanders squad: Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Tyrel Lomax, Guy Millar, Aki Seiuli, Siate Tokolahi, Kalolo Tuiloma, Alex Ainley, Josh Dickson, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Pari Pari Parkinson, Elliot Dixon, Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, James Lentjes, Dan Pryor, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock, Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Aaron Smith, Josh Ioane, Fletcher Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Richard Buckman, Patelesio Tomkinson, Rob Thompson, Teihorangi Walden, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Matt Faddes, Tevita Li, Josh McKay, Tevita Nabura, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith


Hurricanes
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The Hurricanes were crowned champions in 2016 and were close to replicating that result in 2017. Ultimately they fell to the Lions in the finals. They will be hoping to go further with a very strong squad, featuring 11 new players alongside a host of All Blacks.

Hurricanes squad: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Alex Fidow, Reg Goodes, Ben May, Toby Smith, Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, James Blackwell, Murray Douglas, Michael Fatialofa, Sam Lousi, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Gareth Evans, Vaea Fifita, Sam Henwood, Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Jamie Booth, Finlay Christie, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Jackson Garden-Bachop, TJ Va’a, Ihaia West, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Matt Proctor, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Ben Lam, Jonah Lowe, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea


South Africa Conference

Bulls
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The Bulls won just the four games in 2017, finishing second-last in the South African group. They’ll be desperate to avoid a fifth-straight season without a finals appearance.

Bulls squad:
Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, John-Roy Jenkinson, Nqoba Mxoli, Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Gerhard Steenekamp, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Jan Henning-Campher, Corniel Els, Johan Grobbelaar, Edgar Marutlulle, Adriaan Strauss, Jaco Visagie, Lood de Jager, Aston Fortuin, Jason Jenkins, Abongile Nonkontwana, Eli Synman, RG Snyman, Hendre Stassen, Ruben van Heerden, Shaun Adendorff, Tim Agaba, Jaco Bezuidenhout, Thembelani Bholi, Nic de Jager, Denzil Hill, Jannes Kirsten, Hanro Liebenberg, Eduan Lubbe, Kwezi Mafu, Ryno Pieterse, Jacques Potgieter, Boom Prisnloo, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Marco van Staden, Jano Venter, Theo Maree, Rudy Paige, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Marnitz Boshoff, Tinus de Beer, Tony Jantjies, Manie Libbok, Handre Pollard, Ulrich Beyers, Francois Brummer, Stedman Gans, JT Jackson, Johnny Kotze, Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal, Dries Swanepoel, Travis Ismaiel, Andell Loubser, Franco Naude, Divan Rossouw, Jade Stighling, Jamba Ulengo, Warrick Gelant, Duncan Matthews


Jaguares
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The Jaguares put together a very respectable second season in Super Rugby, winning seven games and finishing in the South African group’s top half. Finals eluded them, however, and they’ll be on the hunt for a berth in the playoff stage this season.

Jaguares squad:
Felipe Arregui, Santiago Garcia Botta, Enrique Pieretto, Nahual Tetaz Chaparro, Franco Brarda, Javier Diaz, Nicolas Leiva, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Agustin Creevy, Julian Montoya, Diego Fortuny, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Benjamin Macome, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Leonardo Senatore, Rodrigo Bruni, Santiago Montagner, Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Ezcurra, Martin Landajo, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Santiago Gonzalez Igelsias, Nicolas Sanchez, Santiago Alvarez, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Juan Martin Hernandez, Matias Orlando, Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastian Cancelliere, Matias Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Joaquin Tuculet, Bautista Delguy


Lions
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The Lions finished atop the Super Rugby standings last season, making the grand final for the second season in a row. Unfortunately for the Lions, the result was a repeat from last year too, with the club defeated in the decider by the Crusaders.

Lions squad:
Justin Ackerman, Ruan Dreyer, Corne Fourie, Johannes Jonker, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen, Hencus van Wyk, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Akker van der Merwe, Lourens Erasmus, Andries Ferreira, Robert Kruger, Franco Mostert, Marvin Orie, Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Cyle Brink, Hacjivah Dayimani, Jaco Kriel, Kwagga Smith, Warren Whiteley, Ross Cronje, Faf de Klerk, Dillon Smit, Andries Coetzee, Elton Jantjies, Shaun Reynolds, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Howard Mnisi, Jacques Nel, Harold Vorster, Ruan Combrinck, Courtnall Skosan, Madosh Tambwe, Anthony Volmink, Sylvian Mahuza, Jaco van der Walt


Sharks
sharks

The Sharks once again snuck into the finals in 2017, claiming the sixth seed with a 9-1-5 record. They were gallant against the white-hot Lions in the quarterfinal, but ended up losing 23-21.

Sharks squad:
Andre Esterhuizen, Tendai Mtawarira, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Clement Poitrenaud, Cobus Reinach, Coenie Oosthuizen, Curwin Bosch, Daniel du Preez, Etienne Oosthuizen, Franco Marais, Francois Kleinhans, Garth April, Hanco Venter, Hyron Andrews, Inny-Christian Radebe, Jacques Vermuelen, Jean Deysel, Jean Droste, Jean-Luc du Preez, Jeremy Ward, Johan Deysel, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Keegan Daniel, Khaya Majola, Kobus van Wyk, Lourens Adriaanse, Lukhanyo Am, Lwazi Mvovo, Marius Louw, Michael Claassens, Odwa Ndungane, Philip van der Walt, Rhyno Smith, Rowan Gouws, Ruan Botha, S’Bura Sithole, Sibusiso Nkosi, Stephan Coetzee, Stephan Lewies, Tera Mtembu, Thomas du Toit, Tristan Blewett


Stormers
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The Stormers finished atop their conference in 2017 and second in the South African group. Dreams of a dash to the championship were dashed, however, after a loss to the Chiefs in the first week saw them eliminated.

Stormers squad:
JC Janse van Rensburg, Oli Kebble, Frans Malherbe, JP Smith, Alistair Vermaak, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni, Ramone Samuels, Jan de Klerk, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, JD Schickerling, Jurie van Vuuren, Chris van Zyl, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Jacques Vermeulen, Stephan de Wil, Johan du Toit, Nizaam Carr, Kobus van Dyk, Jano Vermaak, Godlen Masimla, Louis Schreuder, Justin Phillips, Kurt Coleman, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Robert du Preez, Brandon Thomson, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Dan du Plessis, Huw Jones, Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Seabelo Senatla, Scott van Breda, Kobus van Wyk, Leolin Zas, Cheslin Kolbe, EW Viljoen, SP Marais.

Last updated: 11 January, 2018

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