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 1 Conference | South Africa 2 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
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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


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
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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 1 Conference

Bulls
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The Bulls finished second in the South African Conference and still managed to miss the finals in 2016, albeit by a solitary point. They haven’t made the finals since 2013, and will be hoping that Springboks captain Adriaan Strauss can inspire his side to an improved finish in 2017.

Bulls squad:
Jacobie Adriaanse, Martin Dreyer, Lizo Gqoboka, John-Roy Jenkinson, Nqoba Mxoli, Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Gerhard Steenekamp, Conraad van Vuuren, Corniel Els, Edgar Marutlulle, Adriaan Strauss, Alandré van Rooyen, Jaco Visagie, Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, Abongile Nonkontwana, Ryno Pieterse, Eli Snyman, RG Snyman, Hendré Stassen, Ruben van Heerden, Shaun Adendorff, Arno Botha, Nick de Jager, Jannes Kirsten, Freddy Ngoza, Jacques Potgieter, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Marco van Staden, Renaldo Bothma, Hanro Liebenberg, Eduan Lubbe, Rudy Paige, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Piet van Zyl, André Warner, Francois Brummer, Tony Jantjies, Manie Libbok, Handré Pollard, Tian Schoeman, Joshua Stander, Boeta Hamman, JT Jackson, Johnny Kôtze, Jesse Kriel, Franco Naudé, Burger Odendaal, Jan Serfontein, Dries Swanepoel, Irvin Ali, Travis Ismaiel, Andell Loubser, Kefentse Mahlo, Sibahle Maxwane, Luther Obi, Jade Stighling, Jamba Ulengo, Ulrich Beyers, Earll Douwrie, Warrick Gelant, Duncan Matthews, Divan Rossouw.


Stormers
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The Stormers were firmly atop the first South African conference in 2016 and will be hoping to reaffirm that position when the new season rolls around. Long time servant Schalk Burger will be a loss.

They’ve finished third the past two seasons and will be hoping to go one or two better in 2017.

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.


Sunwolves
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The Sunwolves’ first season in Super Rugby didn’t exactly go well. They finished last with just one win and one draw under their belts in 2016. They’re a very new franchise and will be hoping to find their feet better in their second season.

Sunwolves squad:
Keita Inagaki, Masataka Mikami, Koki Yamamoto, Takeshi Kizu, Takeshi Hino, Shota Horie, Takuma Asahara, Heiichiro Ito, Koo Ji-Won, Hitoshi Ono, Kyosuke Kajikawa, Shinya Makabe, Liaki Moli, Willie Britz, Ed Quirk, Uwe Helu, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Shuhei Matsuhashi, Malgene Ilaua, Yuhimaru Mimura, Keisuke Uchida, Takahiro Ogawa, Fumiaki Tanaka, Kaito Shigeno, Yuki Yatomi, Harumichi Tatekawa, Hikaru Tamura, Yu Tamura, Hayden Cripps, Teruya Goto, Kenki Fukuoka, Timothy Lafaele, Derek Carpenter, Yasutaka Sasakura, Kotaro Matsushima, Riaan Viljoen


South Africa 2 Conference

Jaguares
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The Jaguares faired better than their fellow first seasoners the Sunwolves. The Argentines finished third in the second South African conference and 13th overall, with a total of 22 points. They’ll be looking to move up and assert themselves as a real contender in 2017.

Jaguares squad:
Cristian Bartoloni, Santiago García Botta, Facundo Gigena, Ramiro Herrera, Lucas Noguera Paz, Enrique Pieretto, Roberto Tejerizo, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Facundo Bosch, Agustín Creevy, Julián Montoya, Matías Alemanno, Juan Cruz Guillemaín, Marcos Kremer, Ignacio Larrague, Tomás Lavanini, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Báez, Facundo Isa, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Tomás Lezana, Benjamín Macome, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Santiago Portillo, Leonardo Senatore, Gonzalo Bertranou, Felipe Ezcurra, Martín Landajo, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Juan Martín Hernández, Gabriel Ascárate, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago Álvarez, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando, Santiago Cordero, Manuel Montero, Emiliano Boffelli, Ramiro Moyano, Joaquín Tuculet


Lions
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The Lions were Super Rugby’s runners-up in 2016, going down in the final to the Hurricanes. They finished the regular season second overall and will be hoping to build on a really promising campaign which yielded their first finals appearance since 2001.

Lions squad:
Ruan Dreyer, Julian Redelinghuys, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Akker van der Merwe, Robert Kruger, Marvin Orie, Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Cyle Brink, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Faf de Klerk, Dillon Smit, Elton Jantjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck.


Sharks
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The Sharks were the runners-up in the second South African conference last season and snuck into the finals series with an 8th place overall finish. Unfortunately, their finals appearance didn’t quite go as planned, they were convincingly dismantled by the future champion Hurricanes at an embarrassing scoreline of 41-0.

Sharks squad:
Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit, Mzamo Majola, John-Hubert Meyer, Enoch Mnyaka, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Schoeman, Stephan Coetzee, Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Hyron Andrews, Ruan Botha, Jean Droste, Stephan Lewies, Giant Mtyanda, Etienne Oosthuizen, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Jean-Luc du Preez, Francois Kleinhans, Khaya Majola, Tera Mtembu, Jacques Vermeulen, Dan du Preez, Philip van der Walt, Michael Claassens, Rowan Gouws, Cobus Reinach, Garth April, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Patrick Lambie, Inny Radebe, Lukhanyo Am, Tristan Blewett, Johan Deysel, André Esterhuizen, Marius Louw, Jeremy Ward, Ilunga Mukendi, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, S’busiso Nkosi, S’bura Sithole, Kobus van Wyk, Curwin Bosch, Clément Poitrenaud, Rhyno Smith.

Last updated: 4 December, 2017