Updated 14/05/2017 @12.50pm (NZT)

Australian Conference Super Rugby Ladder

# Teams P W L D BP Ttl
1 Brumbies 10 3 7 0 7 19
2 Reds 11 3 8 0 4 16
3 Waratahs 10 3 7 0 2 14
4 Force 10 3 7 0 1 13
5 Rebels 10 1 8 1 2 8

New Zealand Conference Super Rugby Ladder

# Teams P W L D BP Ttl
1 Crusaders 11 11 0 0 6 50
2 Chiefs 10 9 1 0 6 42
3 Hurricanes 10 8 2 0 6 38
4 Highlanders 11 8 3 0 4 36
5 Blues 11 5 5 0 7 31

Africa 1 Conference Super Rugby Ladder

# Teams P W L D BP Ttl
1 Stormers 10 6 4 0 2 26
2 Bulls 10 3 7 0 3 15
3 Cheetahs 11 2 9 0 3 11
4 Sunwolves 10 1 9 0 3 7

Africa 2 Conference Super Rugby Ladder

# Teams P W L D BP Ttl
1 Lions 11 10 1 0 6 46
2 Sharks 11 7 3 1 3 33
3 Jaguares 11 5 6 0 4 24
4 S.Kings 10 4 6 0 3 19

The Four Conference leaders occupy positions 1 to 4. The Wildcard (next best) teams occupy positions 5 to 8.
(Wild cards (WC) = 3 from NZ/Aus and 1 from Africa)

If the Finals were today the Quarter-Finals would be 

Crusaders (NZC1)  vs   Sharks(WC)

Lions (AF2)   vs  Highlanders (WC)

Stormers (AF1)  vs   Hurricanes (WC)

Brumbies (AC1) vs Chiefs (WC)

Updated 14/05/2017 @12.50pm (NZT)

Overall Super Rugby Ladder

Team Pos. P W L PD BP Ttl
Crusaders (NZC1) 1 11 11 0 218 6 50
Lions (AF2) 2 11 10 1 137 6 46
Stormers (AF1) 3 10 6 4 7 2 26
Brumbies (AC1) 4 10 3 7 -7 7 19
Chiefs (WC) 5 10 9 1 112 6 42
Hurricanes (WC) 6 10 8 2 228 6 38
Highlanders (WC) 7 11 8 3 95 4 36
Sharks (WC) 8 11 7 3 66 3 33
Blues 9 11 6 5 64 7 31
Jaguares 10 10 5 5 37 4 24
Southern Kings 11 10 3 6 -27 3 19
Reds 12 11 3 8 -117 4 16
Bulls 13 10 3 7 -73 3 15
Force 14 10 2 7 -76 1 14
Waratahs 15 10 3 7 -80 2 14
Cheetahs 16 11 2 9 -137 3 11
Rebels 17 10 1 8 -243 2 8
Sunwolves 18 10 1 9 -198 3 7

*bp1 = scoring at least three more tries than the opposing team.

**bp2 = for losing by 7 points (or fewer).

The Four Conference leaders occupy positions 1 to 4. The Wildcard (next best) teams occupy positions 5 to 8.
(Wild cards = 3 from NZ/Aus and 1 from Africa)

If the regular season ended now the first four teams would host the play offs. The first placed team  would host the team in 8th place. The second placed team would host the seventh placed team. The Third placed team would host the sixth placed team and the team in fourth place would host the 5th placed team.

The play offs


Teams 1 to 4 will be the conference winners and 5 to 8 will be determined by the final number of competition points.

Team 1 v Team 8
Team 2 v Team 7
Team 3 v Team 6
Team 4 v Team 5

Read more: http://www.superxv.com/table/#ixzz4eMJ2SyfP

2016 Super Rugby standings
Australasian Group
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 458 314 +144 61 37 7 2 53
2 Australia Brumbies 15 10 0 5 425 326 +99 56 40 3 0 43
3 New Zealand Highlanders 15 11 0 4 422 273 +149 50 28 4 4 52
4 New Zealand Chiefs 15 11 0 4 491 341 +150 68 39 6 1 51
5 New Zealand Crusaders 15 11 0 4 487 317 +170 65 40 5 1 50
6 Australia Waratahs 15 8 0 7 413 317 +96 55 37 4 4 40
7 New Zealand Blues 15 8 1 6 374 380 −6 45 47 2 3 39
8 Australia Rebels 15 7 0 8 365 486 −121 46 65 2 1 31
9 Australia Reds 15 3 1 11 290 458 −168 33 57 0 3 17
10 Australia Force 15 2 0 13 260 441 −181 25 60 0 5 13
South African Group
1 South Africa Lions 15 11 0 4 535 349 +186 71 42 7 1 52
2 South Africa Stormers 15 10 1 4 440 274 +166 49 28 5 4 51
3 South Africa Sharks 15 9 1 5 360 269 +91 40 30 2 3 43
4 South Africa Bulls 15 9 1 5 399 339 +60 47 37 4 0 42
5 Argentina Jaguares 15 4 0 11 376 427 −51 44 51 1 5 22
6 South Africa Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 377 425 −48 47 48 1 4 21
7 South Africa Kings 15 2 0 13 282 684 −402 34 95 1 0 9
8 Japan Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 293 627 −334 33 88 0 3 9
Australia Australian Conference
Pos Team Pts
1 Brumbies 43
2 Waratahs 40
3 Rebels 31
4 Reds 17
5 Force 13
New Zealand New Zealand Conference
Pos Team Pts
1 Hurricanes 53
2 Highlanders 52
3 Chiefs 51
4 Crusaders 50
5 Blues 39
South Africa Africa 1 Conference
Pos Team Pts
1 Stormers 51
2 Bulls 42
3 Cheetahs 21
4 Japan Sunwolves 9
South Africa Africa 2 Conference
Pos Team Pts
1 Lions 52
2 Sharks 43
3 Argentina Jaguares 22
4 Kings 9
Pos Team Pts
1 New Zealand Hurricanes 53
2 South Africa Lions 52
3 South Africa Stormers 51
4 Australia Brumbies 43
5 New Zealand Highlanders 52
6 New Zealand Chiefs 51
7 New Zealand Crusaders 50
8 South Africa Sharks 43
9 South Africa Bulls 42
10 Australia Waratahs 40
11 New Zealand Blues 39
12 Australia Rebels 31
13 Argentina Jaguares 22
14 South Africa Cheetahs 21
15 Australia Reds 17
16 Australia Force 13
17 South Africa Kings 9
18 Japan Sunwolves 9

2016 Quarter-finals

2016 Semi-finals

2016 Final

Final 2015 Standings
Updated 10.00am 14/06/2015 (NZT)


Pos Team P W D L -/+ BP Pts
1 WaratahsWaratahs 16 11 0 5 96 8 52
2 BrumbiesBrumbies 15 9 0 7 108 11 47
3 RebelsRebels 16 7 0 9 -35 8 36
4 RedsReds 16 4 0 12 -187 6 22
5 ForceForce 16 3 0 13 -39 7 19

New Zealand

Pos Team P W D L -/+ BP Pts
1 Hurricanes Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 170 10 66
2 Highlanders Highlanders 16 11 0 5 117 9 53
3 Chiefs Chiefs 16 10 0 6 73 8 48
4 Crusaders Crusaders 16 9 0 7 143 10 46
5 Blues Blues 16 3 0 13 -146 8 20

South African

Pos Team P W D L -/+ BP Pts
1 StormersStormers 16 10 1 5 50 3 45
2 LionsLions 16 9 1 6 -22 4 42
3 BullsBulls 16 7 0 9 9 10 38
4 SharksSharks 16 7 0 9 -63 5 34
5 CheetahsCheetahs 16 5 0 11 -174 6 26

2015 Super Rugby Full Standings

Team Points
1 HurricanesHurricanes {NZC Leader} 66
2 WaratahsWaratahs {AUS Leader} 52
3 StormersStormers {SAC Leader}
4 HighlandersHighlanders {Wildcard}
5 ChiefsChiefs {Wildcard}
6 BrumbiesBrumbies {Wildcard} 47
7 Crusaders 46
8 Lions 42
9 Bulls 38
10 Rebels 36
11 Sharks 34
12 Cheetahs 26
13 Reds 22
14 Blues 20
15 Force 19

*bp1 = for scoring 4 tries (or more).**bp2 = for losing by 7 points (or fewer).

Super Rugby Play off qualification
At the end of the regular season each team will be ranked according to how they finished the season. These rankings will be used to determine home advantage and will be carried through to the final. Home advantage is given to the team with the highest ranking.

In week 1 of the finals the two conference winners with the highest points will be rewarded with a week off.

The conference winner with the lowest points or the third placed team will enter a sudden death play off with the sixth placed team.

Also in week 1 the team placed fourth at the end of the regular season will play the fifth placed team. The winners of the first week of play offs then go through to face the first and second placed team who had just had the week off in the semi-finals.

QF1.) Team 3 vs Team 6 
QF2.) Team 4 vs Team 5SF1.) Team 1 vs lowest ranked qualifier. 
SF2.) Team 2 v highest ranked qualifier.

The final will be made up by the teams who won the semi-finals.

Final Winner SF1 v SF2

Team 1
Team 2
Play Offs – Finals week 1 (Quarter finals)
Bye :
Hurricanes Hurricanes
Waratahs Waratahs
Teams that finish in 1st & 2nd place have a bye.
Match 1 (QF1)
Stormers Stormers
Brumbies Brumbies
The 3rd placed team plays the 6th placed team. 
The 4th placed team plays the 5th placed team.
Match 2 (QF2)
Highlanders Highlanders
Chiefs Chiefs
Play Off – Finals week 2 (Semi-final)
Match 1 (SF1)
Hurricanes Hurricanes
Lowest ranked qualifier
The lowest ranked qualifier faces the 1st placed team.
Match 2 (SF2)
Waratahs Waratahs
Highest ranked qualifier
The highest ranked qualifier faces the 2nd placed team.
Play Off – Finals week 3 (Grand -final)
Winner (SF1)
Winner (SF2)
Home advantage goes to the highest ranked team.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Super Rugby History
SupeRugby Logo.svg Super Rugby Logo introduced for 2011
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1996 (as Super 12)
Inaugural season 1996
Number of teams 15
Country Australia (5 teams) New Zealand (5 teams) South Africa (5 teams)
Holders AustraliaNew South Wales Waratahs (2014: 1st title)
Most titles New ZealandCrusaders (7 titles)
Website Australiawww.SuperRugby.com.auNew Zealandwww.SuperRugby.co.nzSouth Africawww.SuperSport.com
Broadcast partner United StatesDirecTVAustraliaFox SportsJapanJ SportsNew ZealandSky SportUnited KingdomSky SportsSouth AfricaSupersport
Related competition AustraliaShute Shield, Queensland Premier Rugby, ACTRU Premier Division, Dewar Shield, KWIK Premier GradeNew ZealandITM CupSouth AfricaCurrie Cup
Super Rugby (rendered in the current competition logo as “SupeRugby”, also colloquially referred to as “Super 15”) is the largest and pre-eminent professional Rugby union competition in the Southern Hemisphere. Building off various Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations, Super Rugby officially started in 1996 with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The competition was known as Super 12 through to the end of the 2005 season; the name was changed to Super 14 with the addition of two teams for the 2006 season; with expansion to 15 teams in the three countries for the 2011 season, the competition has been rebranded as Super Rugby (no number included). By 2006, matches were being broadcast in 41 countries.[1]

Competition format and sponsorship


Western Force (Blue) kicking off to the New South Wales Waratahs (White).

Prior to 2011, Super Rugby was a round-robin competition where each team plays with every other team once; a team has six or seven home games, and six or seven away games each. The winner gets four competition points, and if it is a draw two points are awarded to each team. Super Rugby uses the Rugby union bonus points system, where scoring four or more tries or losing by less than seven points results in an extra competition point. The top four teams at the end of the round-robin phase then play semifinals – the first placed team hosts the fourth placed team, and the second placed team hosts the third placed team.[2] The two winners then play the final at the home ground of the top surviving seed.[2] There were 91 regular season games in total.[3] Games are held over 14 weekends with each team receiving one bye. From 2011 the format changed, with each country forming their own conferences. Each team within a conference plays each other home and away. They then play four out of five teams from the other pools once. The Super Rugby finals also changed featuring six teams, the top teams in each conference plus the three next teams with the highest total number of points. The top two ranked teams will receive a bye at the start of the finals.[4]


SANZAR is a joint union between the South African, New Zealand and Australian rugby Unions, that oversees the Super Rugby competitions and Tri Nations. There have been rumours that South Africa may one day leave Super Rugby and the Tri Nations to join the Six Nations in the Northern Hemisphere because South Africa’s time zone would suit the move.[5] The Tri Nations takes place after the Super Rugby season and involves the South Africa, Australia and New Zealand national teams.


The Super 14 Logo, used from 2006 to 2010.

During the last season of the Super 12, Coast Design of Sydney was commissioned to design a new logo for the Super 14.[6] The Super 14 logo broke away from the traditional shield formats, common to many sporting codes, and used Roman numerals (XIV), which is unique for sport in the region.[7] The game’s dynamism and speed are suggested by the orbiting football which has three distinct stitches, a subtle reference to the three countries of the tournament.[7] The new Super Rugby logo dispenses with numbers, featuring a large blue “S” with a white rugby ball in the centre and “SupeRugbY” below the “S”. The three stitches of the previous ball are retained. Before the expansion to the Super 14, the Super 12 used a logo in the shape of a shield, which had the sponsors name at the top, and then the words “Rugby” and “Super 12”. The lower half of the logo used three different coloured stripes, green, black and gold, the respective colours of the national teams of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.[8][9]

Naming rights

The naming rights for the competition are different in the three countries:

  • In New Zealand, Investec Bank has naming rights starting with the 2011 season, and the competition is referred to as Investec Super Rugby. During the Super 14 era, sporting goods retailer Rebel Sport had naming rights and the Super 14 competition was referred to as the Rebel Sport Super 14. Previously Ubix and then Telecom New Zealand (TNZ). Telecom used its ISP brand Xtra as the label in their last year of holding naming rights.
  • In Australia, global forex broker FxPro has naming rights for four years starting from the 2012 season, and the competition is referred to as FxPro Super Rugby. [10] In the first season of Super Rugby, Australia had no naming rights partner. Previous to that, Investec acquired naming rights in the middle of the Super 14 era from Lion Nathan, who had named the competition the Tooheys New Super 14, after its Tooheys New beer brand. Vodafone has also held naming rights in Australia.
  • In South Africa, telecommunications carrier Vodacom has naming rights, and the expanded competition is referred to as Vodacom Super Rugby.



Super 6

Super 10 Champions 1993 – 1995
Season Champions City/Area
1993 South AfricaLions Johannesburg
1994 AustraliaReds Brisbane
1995 AustraliaReds Brisbane

Before 1996, regular competitive rugby union had taken shape in a number of southern hemisphere competitions, the earliest of which was the South Pacific Championship, which was launched in 1986. The original competition consisted of three teams from New Zealand; Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington along with two Australian teams; Queensland and New South Wales, and Fiji. The competition was relaunched as the Super Six in 1992.

Super 10

In 1993, the Super 10 replaced the South Pacific Championship and Super Six tournaments. With South Africa being readmitted into international sport following the dismantling of apartheid, there was an opportunity to launch an expanded competition which would also feature South Africa’s top provincial teams. The inaugural competition featured the following teams: Waikato, Auckland, Otago and North Harbour (New Zealand); Natal, Transvaal and Northern Transvaal (South Africa); Queensland and New South Wales (Australia), Western Samoa (Pacific Nations representative). The Super 10 was won by Transvaal (South Africa) in 1993, and by Queensland (Australia) in 1994 and 1995.


Super 12

The official declaration of professionalism in rugby union in August 1995 led to a restructuring of the Super 10 competition. Following the success of the 1995 World Cup Australia, New Zealand and South Africa rugby boards formed SANZAR (South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby) to administer an annual 12-team provincial/franchise based competition pitting regional teams from the three nations against each other. In addition it was decided to hold an annual Tri-Nations Test Series between the three countries. A significant reason for the development of the Super 12 was the threat to rugby union from rival football code rugby league: part of the business model for the Foxtel pay TV network in Australia was to attract subscribers by offering an exclusive product (such as rugby union) which could not be seen on free-to-air broadcast television. By setting up the Super 12, the Unions had a product that was in demand from viewers, enabling them to sell a 10 year contract for exclusive television rights to News Corp for US$ 555 million, giving them both coverage and financial support to kickstart the new competition.[11] With significant sponsorship, and rugby turning a professional sport in 1995, the Super 12 competition successfully kicked off in 1996 with five New Zealand franchises, four South African provinces and three domestic Australian teams competing. New Zealand’s dominance of the competition began in the first year when the Auckland Blues won the inaugural competition defeating South African side the Natal Sharks 45 – 21 in a home final. The Blues would repeat the success of 1996 beating Australian side the ACT Brumbies 23 – 7 in the 1997 final. The Blues then reached their third successive final in 1998 but went down to fellow countrymen the Canterbury Crusaders 13 – 20. This would mark the beginning of the Crusaders’ three-year dominance as they went on to win the 1999 and 2000 finals over the Otago Highlanders and ACT Brumbies respectively. The 2001 season was the first in which no New Zealand franchise reached the final, being contested between the ACT Brumbies and Natal Sharks with the Brumbies convincing winners, with a 36 – 6 scoreline. The Crusaders won their 4th final in 2002 winning all 11 matches and missed out on their 5th in 2003 with a four-point loss to fellow countrymen the Blues. In 2004 the Brumbies took revenge on their 2000 final loss to the Crusaders defeating them 47 – 38 in front of a home crowd. The Crusaders would bounce back to win the 2005 final 35 – 25 against the Australian side the New South Wales Waratahs who reached their first ever final. This was the last year of the 12 team format. From the early 2000s Australia had started to push for the inclusion of a fourth Australian team, and South Africa for another team from its country. There was also speculation of including a team from the South Pacific Island nations, such as Fiji; or a combined Pacific Islanders team from Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. Argentina was also pushing for inclusion in the Super 12. In the early 2000s the provincial names from the New Zealand franchises were dropped. So the Canterbury Crusaders become the simply The Crusaders. Also South Africa followed the New Zealand franchise model, where previously South African participation was decided by the previous year’s Currie Cup placings.

Super 14

In September 2004, SANZAR began negotiations for a new television deal to take effect in 2006. That December, SANZAR announced that a new TV deal had been signed, with News Corporation winning the rights for the UK, Australia and New Zealand and Supersport winning rights for South Africa. The contract is worth USD 323 million over five years, which is a 16% annual increase compared to the previous deal.[11] It covers international fixtures as well as the Super 14. SANZAR remained free to negotiate separate deals for other markets, such as France, Japan and the Americas. The TriNations is the “cash cow” for the SANZAR partners as it provides nearly 60 per cent of the money from News Ltd. The Super 14 made up about 30 per cent of the deal. Under the new deal, Australia and South Africa each got one extra team in the competition, and a third round of fixtures was added to the Tri Nations Series. The proposal also included the possibility of splitting the updated Super 14 into two seven-team divisions, but it was decided to keep the competition in its traditional single-table format. However, Argentina and the Pacific Islands remain shut out of the competition under this proposal. It was confirmed in 2005 that the new Australian team in the competition would be based in Perth and was named the Western Force. The addition of the new South African team led to considerable controversy, including government involvement. Finally, the five teams for 2006 were confirmed to be the country’s existing four teams, plus the Central Cheetahs, which draws its players from the Free State and Northern Cape Provinces.

The Cats (now the Lions) playing the Sharks.

The two new teams didn’t perform all that well, the South African franchise the Cheetahs did the better of the two teams finishing 10th on the ladder notching up 5 season wins. The Australian franchise the Western Force only managed one victory and ended winning the wooden spoon as last placed 14th. The highlight for the Force was a 23-all draw against eventual champions the Crusaders, who defeated first-time finalists the Hurricanes 19 – 12. For the 2007 season, 22 All Blacks missed the competition’s first seven rounds as part of an All Black “conditioning programme”.[12] The conditioning programme was a part of the All Blacks’ 2007 Rugby World Cup preparations, and every New Zealand franchise was without players for the first seven rounds.[13][14] At the end of the regular season, for the first time since 1998, no Australian franchise had made the semi-finals. Although the Brumbies were strong and the Western Force experienced vast improvement it was a poor season for the Queensland Reds and Waratahs who finished last and second last respectively. Also, it was known before the final that the competition would be won for the first time ever by a South African team, as the Sharks and Bulls, who finished 1–2 on the season ladder, both won their respective semifinals. The final, held in Durban, saw the visiting Bulls win 20–19.

Super Rugby

Expansion to 15 teams

On May 19, 2009, following prolonged negotiations, SANZAR unveiled its model for an expanded season to start in 2011. This model was due to be presented to current broadcast rights holder News Corporation for approval before the end of June 2009. The new structure is based around the original ARU proposal for three national conferences, whereby each side would have played the other four teams from their own country twice and all of the other teams once, before a six team finals series. However, there were two major compromises that – while somewhat complicating the model – were designed to accommodate the wishes of all three countries. Firstly, each team would only play four of the five teams in each of the other two national conferences, meaning sixteen regular season games for each team. This ‘trimming’ of the model would allow for a late February start (somewhat placating the ARU and NZRU who wanted a March start), a three week gap for the June test matches (favoured by the SARU) and an early August finish so as not to overlap new streamlined versions of New Zealand and South Africa’s domestic competitions. Secondly, the three conference winners and the three best performed of the remaining teams would qualify for a three week finals series, with seedings deciding the match-ups. This system would be a hybrid of the conference-based qualification system favoured by the SARU and the ‘top six’ model favoured by the ARU and NZRU. On 11 November 2009, SANZAR announced Melbourne will play in the expanded “Super 15” competition in 2011 after the Australian start-up franchise was given the nod ahead of South Africa’s Southern Kings.[15] The licence was awarded to Victoria, Australia, and the team is named the Melbourne Rebels. Brian Waldron, former CEO of the NRL club the Melbourne Storm, was confirmed as the new CEO of the Rebels on 11 January 2010, but resigned on 23 April after a salary cap breach was uncovered at the Storm.[16]

Possible expansion to 16

According to a Sport24 report, SANZAR has cleared the path for the Southern Kings team to join Super Rugby in an expanded 16-team format beginning in 2013. Final details of the plan are still being worked out, but the team will join the South African conference and represent the Eastern Cape province. Due to the additional side and increase in fixtures, the South African conference may begin play a few weeks ahead of its Australian and New Zealand counterparts.[17] On 27 January 2012, it was confirmed that the Southern Kings would join Super Rugby in 2013, but it has not yet been revealed how they would be accommodated.[18]


Overview of teams
Country Team City/Area Stadium/s (Capacity)
Australia Brumbies Australian Capital TerritoryAustralia Capital Territory and Southern New South Wales including Canberra, Queanbeyan, Nowra and Albury Canberra Stadium (25,011)
New South Wales Waratahs New South WalesNorthern and Central New South Wales including Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Tamworth and Coffs Harbour ANZ Stadium (83,500) Sydney Football Stadium (45,500)
Queensland Reds QueenslandAll of Qld including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns and Rockhampton Suncorp Stadium (52,500)
Western Force Western AustraliaAll of Western Australia, including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Kalgoorlie nib Stadium (20,500)
Melbourne Rebels VictoriaAll of Victoria including greater Melbourne, Geelong and the surf coast, the Western Districts and The Mallee, Sunraysia south of the Murray, the central Goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo, and Gippsland. This may be expanded in the future to include Tasmania AAMI Park (30,050)
New Zealand Blues Auckland, North Harbour, and Northland.(North Auckland Peninsula of North Island and most of metropolitan Auckland). Eden Park (50,000) North Harbour Stadium (25,000)
Chiefs Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, King Country, Thames Valley and WaikatoCentral and eastern North Island, including Hamilton; Southern Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua Baypark Stadium (19,800) Waikato Stadium (25,800)
Crusaders Buller, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, South Canterbury, Tasman and West CoastNorth and central South Island, including Christchurch, Nelson, Blenheim and Timaru AMI Stadium (38,628) Rugby League Park (18,600)
Highlanders North Otago, Otago and SouthlandSouthern South Island, including Dunedin and Invercargill Forsyth Barr Stadium (30,748) Queenstown Events Centre (19,000) Rugby Park Stadium (17,000)
Hurricanes East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Horowhenua Kapiti, Manawatu, Poverty Bay, Taranaki, Wairarapa-Bush, Wanganui and WellingtonSouthern and southwestern North Island, including Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth and Napier FMG Stadium (18,000) McLean Park (22,000) Westpac Stadium (34,500)
South Africa Bulls Pretoria(plus East Rand and Limpopo Province) Loftus Versfeld Stadium (51,762) Orlando Stadium (40,000)
Central Cheetahs Bloemfontein(Free State plus Northern Cape) Free State Stadium (48,000) Peter Mokaba Stadium (42,000) GWK Park (18,000)
Southern Kings Port Elizabeth(Eastern Cape plus the eastern part of Western Cape) Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (48,000) St George’s Oval (19,000)
Lions Johannesburg(plus Mpumalanga and North West) Coca-Cola Park (62,567) FNB Stadium (94,736) Mbombela Stadium (40,920)
Sharks Durban(KwaZulu-Natal) Kings Park Stadium (55,000) Moses Mabhida Stadium (62,760)
Stormers Cape Town(plus northern Western Cape) Newlands Stadium (51,900) Cape Town Stadium (64,100)

For the 2007 season, the Southern Spears, based in Port Elizabeth, were originally intended to replace the lowest-finishing South African team from the 2006 competition. However, the existing South African Super 14 franchises opposed the plan, which they believed was pushed through by controversial former president of the South African Rugby Union, Brian van Rooyen. On 19 April 2006, after van Rooyen was ousted as president, SARU announced that the Spears would not enter the competition.[19] SARU then called for an investigation into the viability of the Spears after discovering the franchise had serious financial irregularities.[20] In August, 2006, a High Court of South Africa ruling stated that the Spears had a valid contract with SANZAR and SARU to compete in the Super 14 and Currie Cup. However, because of the organisation’s financial and administrative troubles, in November 2006 a settlement was reached. The Spears abandoned their legal case, and will continue to exist, however they now will not compete in the Super 14.[21] Although there is no official connection, the remnants of the Spears were effectively reconstituted into the Southern Kings, who unsuccessfully applied to enter the competition in 2011, losing out to Melbourne, Australia. However, it was confirmed that they will play Super Rugby in 2013.[18]

Super Rugby Champions

Year # of Teams Final Losing semi-finalists
Winner Score Runner-up 1st losing semi-finalist 2nd losing semi-finalist
1996 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues 45 – 21 Flag of South Africa.svgSharks Flag of Australia.svgReds Flag of South Africa.svgBulls
1997 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues 23 – 7 Flag of Australia.svgBrumbies Flag of New Zealand.svgHurricanes Flag of South Africa.svgSharks
1998 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 20 – 13 Flag of New Zealand.svgBlues Flag of South Africa.svgSharks Flag of New Zealand.svgHighlanders
1999 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 24 – 19 Flag of New Zealand.svgHighlanders Flag of Australia.svgReds Flag of South Africa.svgStormers
2000 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 20 – 19 Flag of Australia.svgBrumbies Flag of New Zealand.svgHighlanders Flag of South Africa.svgCats
2001 Details 12 Flag of Australia.svg Brumbies 36 – 6 Flag of South Africa.svgSharks Flag of South Africa.svgCats Flag of Australia.svgReds
2002 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 31 – 13 Flag of Australia.svgBrumbies Flag of Australia.svgWaratahs Flag of New Zealand.svgHighlanders
2003 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Blues 21 – 17 Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders Flag of New Zealand.svgHurricanes Flag of Australia.svgBrumbies
2004 Details 12 Flag of Australia.svg Brumbies 47 – 38 Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders Flag of South Africa.svgStormers Flag of New Zealand.svgChiefs
2005 Details 12 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 35 – 25 Flag of Australia.svgWaratahs Flag of South Africa.svgBulls Flag of New Zealand.svgHurricanes
2006 Details 14 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 19 – 12 Flag of New Zealand.svgHurricanes Flag of Australia.svgWaratahs Flag of South Africa.svgBulls
2007 Details 14 Flag of South Africa.svg Bulls 20 – 19 Flag of South Africa.svgSharks Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders Flag of New Zealand.svgBlues
2008 Details 14 Flag of New Zealand.svg Crusaders 20 – 12 Flag of Australia.svgWaratahs Flag of South Africa.svgSharks Flag of New Zealand.svgHurricanes
2009 Details 14 Flag of South Africa.svg Bulls 61 – 17 Flag of New Zealand.svgChiefs Flag of New Zealand.svgHurricanes Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders
2010 Details 14 Flag of South Africa.svg Bulls 25 – 17 Flag of South Africa.svgStormers Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders Flag of Australia.svgWaratahs
2011 Details 15 Flag of Australia.svg Reds 18 – 13 Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders Flag of New Zealand.svgBlues Flag of South Africa.svgStormers
2012 Details 15 Flag of New Zealand.svg Chiefs 37 – 6 Flag of South Africa.svgSharks Flag of New Zealand.svgCrusaders Flag of South Africa.svgStormers

Crusaders scrum against the Brumbies in May 2006

Total wins

Team City/Area Championships Runners-up
New ZealandCrusaders Christchurch 7 3
New ZealandBlues Auckland 3 1
South AfricaBulls Pretoria 3 0
AustraliaBrumbies Canberra 2 3
New ZealandChiefs Hamilton 1 1
AustraliaReds Brisbane 1 0
South AfricaSharks Durban 0 4
AustraliaWaratahs Sydney 0 2
New ZealandHighlanders Dunedin 0 1
New ZealandHurricanes Wellington 0 1
South AfricaStormers Cape Town 0 1

Wins by Country

Country Championships Runners-up Losing Semi-Finalists
New Zealand 11 7 15
South Africa 3 5 12
Australia 3 5 7

Conference Winners Since 2011 Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have played in 3 separate conferences. With teams playing each team in their own conference twice (home and away) and in the other conferences playing four of the five teams. The winner of each conference is awarded a home final and their region specific conference trophy.

Year Australia New Zealand South Africa
2011 AustraliaReds New ZealandCrusaders South AfricaStormers
2012 AustraliaReds New ZealandChiefs South AfricaStormers


The Super Rugby trophy is sterling silver and has the competition logo on a globe which sits atop of a four-sided twisted spiral; it stands at 49 centimetres high and weighs 2.7 kilogram.[22] Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith in Nelson, New Zealand hand made the trophy which took over two months to make; the same workshop made the gold ring in Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.[22] On February 7, a new Super Rugby Trophy was unveiled in Wellington, New Zealand for the Super 14 competition. In the first Super 14 final, played at Jade Stadium, in Christchurch, on May 27, 2006, the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 19–12. There are several other trophies contested during the competition; the Charles Anderson VC Memorial Cup between the Brumbies and Stormers, the Bob Templeton Cup between the Reds and Waratahs, and the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy between the Blues and Highlanders. Every year the Super Rugby player of the year is awarded. On 30 June 2011, SANZAR unveiled the new trophy that will be presented to the winners of the Super 15 final scheduled for Saturday, 9 July 2011.[23] The trophy, which will be in use from 2011 and beyond, was crafted from solid stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish. It has a height of 65 cm and a mass of 18 kilograms.[23] The trophy was designed by the company responsible for the 2000 Olympic Torch, Blue Sky Design of Sydney. The trophy was manufactured by Box and Dice Pty Ltd also based in Sydney.[23] SANZAR CEO, Greg Peters, said “The shape of the trophy is centred around three curved legs, each representing the Conferences involved in the Super Rugby competition.”[23] According to Peters, “The champions trophy is the ‘big one’, and will become the ultimate symbol of Super Rugby supremacy in the years to come.” [23] The colour on each leg corresponds to the Conferences with gold for Australia, black for New Zealand, and green for the South Africa.[23] The Reds of Australia, the Stormers of South Africa and the Crusaders of New Zealand were the winners of their respective conferences and were each presented with a scaled-down copy of the trophy.[23]

Super rugby records

Team records

  • Highest score: 96 points – Crusaders defeated Waratahs 96–19, 2002
  • Lowest score: 0 points – Reds defeated Hurricanes 11–0, 1999; Brumbies defeated Bulls 15–0, 1999; Sharks defeated Bulls 29–0, 1999; Brumbies defeated Cats 64–0, 2000; Highlanders defeated Bulls 23–0, 2005; Blues defeated Brumbies 17–0, 2006; Brumbies defeated Reds 36–0, 2007; Crusaders defeated Western Force 53–0, 2008; Crusaders defeated Stormers 22–0, 2009; Highlanders defeated Crusaders 6–0, 2010; Stormers defeated Highlanders 33 – 0, 2011; Waratahs defeated Rebels 43–0, Crusaders defeated Bulls 27–0,
  • Highest combined score: 137 points – Chiefs defeated Lions 72–65, 2010
  • Lowest combined score: 6 points – Highlanders defeated Crusaders 6–0, 2009
  • Highest winning margin: 89 points – Bulls defeated Reds 92–3, 2007
  • Highest score away: 72 points – Chiefs defeated Lions 72–65, 2010
  • Most consecutive wins: 15 wins – Crusaders, 2002/03
  • Most consecutive losses in a season: 13 losses – Lions, 2010
  • Most consecutive losses: 17 losses – Lions, 15 May 2009 to 12 March 2011
  • Most tries in a match by one team: 14 by Crusaders (v Waratahs), 2002
  • Most tries in a match by both teams: 18 by Lions and Chiefs, 2010
  • Most tries in a season: 71 tries – Crusaders, 2005
  • Fewest tries in a season: 15 tries – Blues, 1999, 2000; Reds, 2007
  • Most wins in a season: 13 wins – Reds, 2011 regular season
  • Fewest wins in a season: 0 wins – Bulls, 2002, Lions, 2010 regular season
  • Fewest losses in a season: 0 losses – Blues, 1997 and Crusaders, 2002
  • Most wins in a row at home: 26 wins – Crusaders 2004–2006
  • Most points conceded in a season: 585 – Lions, 2010
  • Largest points difference conceded in a season: 315 – Lions, 2010

Individual records




Domestic competitions

Each respective country competing in Super Rugby has a number of their own domestic leagues, which feed into Super franchises. South Africa actually used their Currie Cup teams as opposed to creating new franchises during the earlier years of the Super 12. However, the Currie Cup is now the third tier of rugby in South Africa, below Test and Super, it is played after the Super Rugby season, and all unions are aligned to a franchise (but not all franchises play Super Rugby, see Southern Kings), though it is mainly the big five, the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Natal Sharks, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province which contribute the most to the Super Rugby sides. In New Zealand, the ITM Cup is the most prominent domestic tournament below the Super Rugby, in which all the respective Unions are also aligned with Super franchises. In Australia, a new national club competition called the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship was launched in 2007. It was intended to bridge the gap between Super 14 and club rugby, and was similar to the Currie Cup and ITM Cup. It consisted of eight teams: Sydney Fleet, Central Coast Rays, Western Sydney Rams (from New South Wales), Ballymore Tornadoes, East Coast Aces (from Queensland), Perth Spirit (from Western Australia), Melbourne Rebels (from Victoria) and the Canberra Vikings (from ACT).[24] The competition began on 10 August, played in a round-robin format, with the Grand Final played on 14 October. Western Sydney were the minor premiers (i.e., finished atop the league table before the playoffs), but lost in the semifinals. Central Coast won the inaugural and ultimately only Grand Final. The ARU scrapped the competition after its inaugural season, citing larger-than-expected financial losses of A$4.7 million.[25]


Super Rugby is broadcast on Supersport in South Africa, Sky Sport in New Zealand, and on FOX Sports in Australia. Super Rugby is simulcast terrestrially on M-Net in South Africa. In 2004, the Seven Network said it had no interest in the then Super 12 competition because of poor ratings.[26] There is also a problem with the different time zones between the three nations, which can make it difficult for fans to watch games when their team is playing away. Super Rugby is now broadcast in over 40 countries; in the UK on Sky Sports, in Spain it is broadcast by Digital+,[1] and in the United States by DirecTV, which has confirmed all 125 matches will be broadcast on Channel 490 & 491 and in HD on Channel 490–1 & 491–1.[27] The Super Rugby competition is featured in the Electronic Arts (EA) Rugby series. See Rugby 06, Rugby 08.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ ab“Super 14 to be broadcast into 41 countries”. globalsuper14.com. Retrieved 17 July 2006.
  2. ^ ab“Super 12: The History”. planetrugby.com. 2001-05-24. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
  3. ^“2007 Super 14 Fixtures”. super14.com. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
  4. ^http://www.superxv.com/format/
  5. ^ Leggat, David (16 September 2006). “Sanzar relations ‘fine’ claims NZRU boss”. nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 18 September 2006.
  6. ^“Super 14”. coastdesign.com.au. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  7. ^ ab“SANZAR launches Super 14 logo”. smh.com.au. 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2007-01-28.[dead link]
  8. ^http://itip.com.au/s12-1999/index.html
  9. ^“sample Super 12 Logo for 1998”. itip.com.au. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  10. ^http://www.espnscrum.com/super-rugby-2012/rugby/story/154336.html
  11. ^ ab“More for players in new SANZAR deal”. worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 17 July 2006.
  12. ^“All Blacks pulled out of the Super 14”. planet-rugby.com. 2006-08-20. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
  13. ^“Henry reveals his ‘World Cup team'”. planet-rugby.com. 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
  14. ^ Leggat, David (2006-09-22). “Getting the balance in Super 14”. nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2006-09-24.
  15. ^http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26339154-5002381,00.html
  16. ^ Rakic, Josh (23 April 2010). “Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal”. The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  17. ^“Kings to be part of Super 16?”. Sport24. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 22-July-10.
  18. ^ ab“Southern Kings confirmed in Vodacom Super Rugby”. sarugby.net. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  19. ^“It is official: Spears shafted”. rugbyrugby.com. Retrieved 2006-01-19.[dead link]
  20. ^“Spears’ CEO to be held accountable”. rugbyrugby.com. Retrieved 10 April 2006.[dead link]
  21. ^“Spears abandon their Super conquest”. Planet Rugby. 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
  22. ^ ab“Media Release”. jenshansen.com. 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  23. ^ abcdefgSport 24
  24. ^“Mazda Australian Rugby Championship”. Australian Rugby Union.
  25. ^“ARC scrapped after $4.7m loss”. FoxSports. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2007.
  26. ^“Ten lands World Cup rights”. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 September 2006.[dead link]
  27. ^International Super Rugby Broadcasters


  • Gifford, Phil (2004). The Passion – The Stories Behind 125 years of Canterbury Rugby. Wilson Scott Publishing. ISBN0-9582535-1-X.
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External links

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