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Super Rugby is a professional Rugby Union competition held in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It is the largest professional rugby competition in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting five teams from each country. Originally called the Super 6 competition, consisting of three teams from New Zealand (Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington), as well as two teams from Australia (Queensland and New South Wales), along with Fiji. This competition never really took off, and it wasn’t until 1996 that professional rugby got a boost in the south, with the Super 12 competition finally coming to fruition. Off the back of the success of the 1995 World Cup, the Australian, New Zealand and South African boards formed SANZAR (South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby), to lead the administration of the high-standard competition.
Over the years, the introduction of other teams has forced the competition to change its name, from Super 10 to Super 12 to Super 15, until administrators finally settled on Super Rugby in 2009. The Super Rugby competition has undergone further modifications for the start of the 2016 season with 3 new teams added to the competition.
The new additions include another team from South Africa- giving the Springbok Nation the highest representation with 6 teams. The other 2 teams are the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from Japan, making Super Rugby a 5 nation tournament.
The competition has been dominated by New Zealand teams since its inception, with the Kiwis winning 13 out of 20 Super Rugby titles. The Crusaders lead the charge with most championships, having lifted the trophy on seven occasions. The Brumbies are Australia’s most successful franchise having claimed two titles. The Bulls are South Africa’s best and only winning province, having won the prestigious prize on three occasions.
|2015||HIGHLANDERS (NZ)||HURRICANES (NZ)||21-14|
|2014||WARATAHS (AUS)||CRUSADERS (NZ)||33-32|
|2013||CHIEFS (NZ)||BRUMBIES (AUS)||27-22|
|2012||CHIEFS (NZ)||SHARKS (ZA)||37-6|
|2011||REDS (AUS)||CRUSADERS (NZ)||18-13|
|2010||BULLS (ZA)||STORMERS (ZA)||25-17|
|2009||BULLS (ZA)||CHIEFS (NZ)||61-17|
|2008||CRUSADERS (NZ)||WARATAHS (AUS)||20-12|
|2007||BULLS (ZA)||SHARKS (ZA)||20-19|
|2006||CRUSADERS (NZ)||HURRICANES (NZ)||19-12|
|2005||CRUSADERS (NZ)||WARATAHS (AUS)||35-25|
|2014||MICHAEL HOOPER||WARATAHS||OPENSIDE FLANKER|
|2013||MICHAEL HOOPER||WARATAHS||OPENSIDE FLANKER|