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It is the successor of Super 10 after the advent of professionalism. It is the main professional club competition in southern emisphere.

It was born as Super 12 in 1996.
Australia decided to play with 3 federal franchises:
  • ACT Brumbies, federal franchise representing Capital Territory union
  • Reds, federal franchise representing Queensland union
  • Waratahs, federal franchise representing New South Wales union
New Zealand played with 5 federal franchises: South Africa decided to send the best 4 teams from previous season Currie Cup. It was only in 1998 that South Africa adopted the franchises system creating the following: For 2006 season an expansion was decided and the competition became Super 14 when 2 new franchises joined it: one from Australia, Western Force, federal franchise representing Western Australia union, and one from South Africa, Cheetahs, federal franchise representing Free State union.
In 2011 a new private team from Australia joined the competition, now Super Rugby: Melbourne Rebels.
A 6th south african franchise Southern Kings, representing Eastern Province union, was admitted in 2013 in place of Lions, the worst south african team in Super Rugby 2012.
At the end of Super Rugby 2013, Lions won a promotion relegation playoff against Southern Kings and were readmitted for next season.
Southern Kings will be readmitted in 2016.

In 2016 the format will be revamped, admitting 18 teams and 2 new nations:
  • A new franchise from Argentina
  • a new franchise from Japan
  • The classic 5 franchises/teams from Australia
  • The classic 5 franchises from New Zealand
  • All the 6 franchises from South Africa

Related trophies

Super Rugby - South African Conference
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2016Lions (1)StormersRound Robin 
2015Stormers (3)LionsRound Robin 
2014Sharks (1)BullsRound Robin 
2013Bulls (1)CheetahsRound Robin 
2012Stormers (2)BullsRound Robin 
2011Stormers (1)SharksRound Robin 
TeamTitlesRunners up
Super Rugby - Australian Conference
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2016Brumbies (2)WaratahsRound Robin 
2015Waratahs (2)BrumbiesRound Robin 
2014Waratahs (1)BrumbiesRound Robin 
2013Brumbies (1)RedsRound Robin 
2012Reds (2)BrumbiesRound Robin 
2011Reds (1)WaratahsRound Robin 
TeamTitlesRunners up
Super Rugby - New Zealand Conference
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2016Hurricanes (2)HighlandersRound Robin 
2015Hurricanes (1)HighlandersRound Robin 
2014Crusaders (2)ChiefsRound Robin 
2013Chiefs (2)CrusadersRound Robin 
2012Chiefs (1)CrusadersRound Robin 
2011Crusaders (1)BluesRound Robin 
TeamTitlesRunners up


www.sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/ - Official SANZAR site.
superxv.com/ - Site about Super Rugby.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Rugby - Wikipedia pages about Super Rugby.
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org